PRU GOWARD has
demanded answers over a high profile
police operation targeting the
Rebels motorcycle gang which netted
no arrests last month.
Goulburn MP put several questions to
NSW Police Minister Michael Daley
about operation Lyon on October 7.
that the Rebel Motorbike Club [sic]
is supposedly 'outlawed' and no
arrests were made, why not?," she
asked in Parliament on October 28.
(uum no-one committed an
arrestable offence? or they slept
than 70 officers from the South West
Metropolitan and Southern Region
plus specialist police targeting
outlaw motorcycle gangs from
strikeforce Raptor, the Public Order
and Riot Squad and the air wing were
all deployed to oversee the
"National Run" by the Bikies on
their way to Victoria.
spokeswoman for Mr Daley said the
gang was not "outlawed", and as such
can use roads across NSW like any
"Police closely monitor the
activities of Outlaw Motor Cycle
groups and will continue to monitor
their behaviours," she said.
this instance the police mounted an
operation to monitor their behaviour
on the roads of NSW."
operation was mounted within
rostered resources and with large
numbers of motorcyclists travelling
together it can create problems for
other road users.
"Compliance checks are conducted
regularly by police whether on
bikies or other road users."
Goward said she asked the questions
because of the cost of the operation
not its validity.
whole point of the questions was not
to object to either the police's
activities or the bikies, but to
point out they had spent thousands
of dollars on an operation that did
not, as I understand it, result in
one arrest," she said.
is why the Minister has not replied.
very happy to have police operations
in Goulburn, but they should be held
to account if they are as expensive
as this one and as unproductive."
stopped several Rebels at the
Marulan Heavy Vehicle Checking
Station and used two drug-testing
vans, including one recently
deployed to the Southern Region.
said there were about 350 members of
the gang but witnesses said there
were closer to 400-500 riders and
around 100 were pulled over.
conducted random drug and alcohol
tests and also checked licence and
told the News on October 7 no
arrests had been made but several
tickets and court attendance notices
Daley is yet to respond to Ms
spokeswoman said Mr Daley would
respond to Ms Goward by early
Just shows they waste a lot of
taxpayers money shadowing everyone