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Hayden Burbank and Mark Babbage wanted by WA police for allegedly attending AFL Grand Final

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Millionaire Melbourne nightclub owner and his financial planner partner are arrested for ‘sneaking into Perth to watch the AFL Grand Final’ then driving around a tourist spot in a black Audi after a police manhunt










A high-profile bar owner and his financial planner friend have been arrested after they allegedly sneaked into WA from Victoria to watch the AFL Grand Final.

Hayden Burbank, 49, and Mark Babbage, 39, are accused of violating strict Covid-19 border controls on Saturday to see their beloved Melbourne Demons win the premiership on Saturday.

Burbank is a self-proclaimed millionaire who owns the exclusive Morris Jones cocktail bar and nightclub in the chic suburb of Prahran in Melbourne.

Babbage lives in Hawthorn, works as a financial planner and mortgage broker and is related to a wealthy family from the well-to-do Toorak.

“Mr. Burbank and Mr. Babbage have recently arrived from the highway and are suspected of failing to comply with an instruction under the Emergency Management Act,” the WA Police Department said in a statement.

Burbank (left) was photographed celebrating the win by an AFL photographer and uploaded on their official Instagram page

Burbank was photographed celebrating the win by an AFL photographer and uploaded on their official Instagram page with the caption ‘how good’.

In the photo, the fanatical Demons wore a blue and red Guernsey in the locker rooms with a beer in one hand and the other arm around premiership midfielder Alex Neal-Bullen.

Western Australian police called out to the public on Tuesday morning to locate the men and tracked them down to the south west for 20 minutes after traveling through the region in a black Audi on Monday.

Burbank’s Facebook page is awash with photos of him with various celebrities, including sprinter Usain Bolt and TV personality Sophie Monk.

In the photo: Mark Babbage

Pictured: Hayden Burbank

Western Australian police called the public on Tuesday morning to locate the men. Pictured left, Mark Babbage. Right: Hayden Burbank

On September 20, WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told Melbourne football fans that anyone without a permit to enter the state would be turned away.

“All travelers to WA are met at their point of entry by an authorized officer and must have an approved G2G pass to enter the state,” he said.

“Travellers who do not meet approved travel categories will be refused entry and may be subject to prosecution.”

More to come.

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