Dozens of people arrested across Sydney as NSW police crackdown on crime

More than 70 people have been arrested across Sydney’s public transport network as part of a pre-Christmas holiday police crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour.

In an operation dubbed by NSW police as “Operation Colossus”, officers led a two-day operation targeting criminal activity in known hot spots across the city.

In total, 78 people were arreste, 163 people were searched, 107 move-on directions were issued and 44 drug detections were carried out.

About 197 people were given rail infringement notices and six people were charged with knife possession.

In Parramatta, a 46-year-old man was arrested after he barricaded himself in a shopping centre loading dock after he allegedly threatened a store employee and stole sporting goods.

The man reportedly lunged at officers with a knife and was tasered before being taken to a nearby police station and charged with five criminal offences, including armed robbery.

He was refused bail after appearing in court.

In NSW Central Coast, a 25-year-old man bolted from police after a drug detection dog identified cocaine and prescription medicine inside of his wallet at Gosford Railway Station.

Following a foot pursuit, the man was arrested and charged with prohibited drug supply, drug possession and hindering police officers in the execution of duty.

He is due to appear in court in January.

In Surry Hills, a 39-year-old man was searched and arrested after he was found to be in possession of cocaine and cash. The man was taken to Surry Hills Police Station and charged with supply of a prohibited drug, possession of a prohibited drug, and dealing with property proceeds of crime.

He will front the Downing Centre Local Court in January.

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