Over 100 members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club turned out in
town today to farewell their brother, comrade and friend with a funeral
procession that stretched from Yass to Canberra.
Stephen Patrick Douglas was a Murrumbateman resident and member of the Rebels. The 59-year-old died last week after a long battle with cancer.
Rebels bikies from across the country assembled near Mt Carmel at 9am on Tuesday, amongst school children making their way to school.
Amidst the sombre atmosphere were members of the Strike Force raptor, a Sydney based police taskforce that is dedicated to specifically tackling criminal activity and anti-social behaviour of outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs).
The taskforce was present to make sure the consortium laws were being upheld by the club members. NSW laws allow motorcycle clubs to wear their colours, with the disclusion of convicted criminals.
A spokesperson from the taskforce said that the club members had notified them in advance about the procession and the taskforce was present in and around the streets of Yass to assist local Highway Patrol and Yass Police.
Over 300 Rebels club members and mourners attended the funeral at the Norwood Park Crematorium in Mitchell, ACT.