Top cop toy run the last

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart will not ride in any more toy runs. The Commissioner took part in the Ipswich Toy Run on Sunday that attracted more than 800 bikes. The event, run by the Lockyer Branch of the Ulysses Club, came under fire from some critics claiming the Commissioner would turn it into a …

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Ipswich toy run goes ahead as planned with top cop

The 17th annual Ipswich Toy Run will go ahead tomorrow as planned despite rumours it had been cancelled because Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart will take part. Social media has been alive with rumours saying that the “political stunt” had caused the toy run to be cancelled. However, organiser and Ulysses Lockyer Branch secretary Ian …

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Top cop to ride in toy run

The ride register will remain and recreational riders will continue to be incorrectly intercepted in the short term, but riders have been promised long-term gains from the current Queensland Police crackdown on criminal bikie activity. That was the mixed outcome of a second meeting held today of Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and Police Minister Jack …

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Is Ulysses Club still relevant?

Ulysses Club members are being harassed by Queensland Police for wearing “old man” patches that some police mistake for outlaw colours. The Ulysses Club was one of several “recreational rider” groups invited to a meeting last month with Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and Police Minister Jack Dempsey. They have all been invited back for another …

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Police advise on registering your ride

Queensland Police are still developing a system to register group rides of 12 or more so innocent riders can avoid unnecessary police intervention and mistaken identity as bikies. This follows a meeting last week between motorcycle representative groups and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, Police Minister Jack Dempsey and members of Taskforce Maxima. A police spokesman …

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Police wrongly target innocent riders

Senior police experienced in dealing with criminal motorcycle members are having difficulty picking between the innocent and potentially guilty, according to a riders‘ group boss. Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns says Police Commissioner Ian Stewart told a group of riders‘ representatives last Thursday that innocent riders were being caught up in the …

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Harley: anti-bikie laws will ‘blow over’

The hysteria over the anti-bikie laws will “blow over fairly quickly”, says Harley-Davidson Australia director of marketing Adam Wright. While he admits that Vicious Lawless Associations Disestablishment (VLAD) Act and the proposed hotline to register rides with the police are “a bit scary”, he says we should learn from a similar crackdown on West Australian …

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Anti-bikie laws petition delivered

The anti-bikie laws petition of more than 10,000 signatures has been delivered to Deputy Opposition Leader Bill Byrne. The petition was handed over outside Parliament house in George St this morning. Bill promised he would table the petition in Parliament as soon as possible. Radio, TV, AAP, web and newspaper journalists were on hand but …

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Hotline to advise police of your ride

Motorcycle riders will now have to ring a police hotline number if they want to ride in groups of three or more in peace. That is the preposterous proposal given to recreational riders today at an hour-long meeting with Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and Taskforce Maxima representatives over the …

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Anti-bikie laws snare other clubs

Any club member – not just motorcycle clubs – could face extensive jail time for relatively minor offences under the Queensland Government’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act. That’s the considered decision of Brisbane criminal law firm Guest Lawyers who describes the VLAD Act as “incredibly broad” in its reach. Click here to read their post. …

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