An Earlwood woman has been charged after allegedly refusing to wear a mask in the Illawarra.
About 2.50pm on Thursday, officers from the Wollongong Police Transport Command were patrolling a train travelling between Thirroul and Helensburgh, when they observed a woman not wearing a mask.
Police allege the 47-year-old woman refused to answer questions or provide police with identification.
She was issued a move-on direction at Helensburgh Train Station and provided with a mask by police.
Police claim the woman returned to the train platform minutes later, and again refused to wear a mask or provide police with any form of identification.
The Earlwood woman was arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station.
She was charged with fail to wear fitted face covering on public transport, interfere with comfort and safety of others, not state name and address to authorised officer, and fail to comply with request to leave restricted area.
She was granted bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court on January 28.
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