A funeral cortege of motorbike
riders passes police on Harbour Rd, heading to the chapel for
Rebels member Gregory “Dodgie” Delbridge’s funeral.
A HEAVY police presence has overshadowed the
funeral of Rebels Motorcycle Club member Gregory "Dodgie" Delbridge.
Police were keeping a close eye on mourners in a
bid to ensure compliance with current State Government legislation
surrounding outlaw motorcycle gangs.
A procession of motorcycle riders followed the
hearse along Harbour Rd yesterday, passing up to four police
vehicles strategically placed to watch funeral-goers. Only one was
seen in the Rebels club "colours", riding separately from the pack,
while the rest wore dark clothing.
A Queensland Police statement said the legislation
surrounding "criminal participants knowingly being present in a
public place" did not provide any exemption for situations "such as
"Taskforce Maxima has been in contact with the
organisers of this event, reiterated the legislative requirements
and monitored compliance with legislation during the event," the
"The wearing of colours in a public place or
lawfully riding of a motorcycle is not illegal, and therefore is not
something the Queensland Police Service would take action upon;
however, three or more criminal participants in a public place is
something the Queensland Police Service (QPS) would investigate and
The Daily Mercury requested comments from the QPS
about how many officers policed the event, whether it was common for
police to liaise with outlaw motorcycle clubs, if more than three
outlaw club members were in attendance at the event, and if any
arrests were made.
The QPS did not respond to these questions,
instead providing a statement.
They also could not confirm what a large gathering
of police at the Mackay showgrounds, prior to the funeral, was