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22nd October 2011
Police intercept Bandidos members.
POLICE say members of outlaw bikie gang Bandidos are not the subject of any special attention this weekend.
But is this the photograph that proves otherwise?
Several witnesses told the Sunshine Coast Daily they saw a team of more than 15 officers in uniform, plain clothed and special service unit overalls staking out Caloundra Road near the corner of Daniel Street from about 2pm.
Motorcyclists, many of whom were wearing emblazoned Bandidos logos and colours, and other vehicles were picked out of the majority of traffic not intercepted and pointed to a standing bay nearby.
Officers were seen to speak for a significant period with several of the outlaw bikie gang members and even took photographs.
More than 400 members of the infamous Bandidos bike club are in town for the 8th annual Beerwah Cars Bikes and Burnouts fun day today.
At least two Sunshine Coast accommodation houses are hosting a large contingent of the bikie members who are expected to spend the next two days on the Coast for the event billed as a "family fun day" with burnouts, kids' rides and displays.
"We saw a whole heap of bikies, about 50 of them, moving out of the eastbound standby area where they had been pulled over with police," a 30-year-old motorist said.
"At one stage a uniformed police officer ran across the eastbound lanes of traffic to intercept a Bandidos member in the right-hand lane, pointed specifically at him and telling him to pull over.
"There was probably about 50 cars around him at the time, but none of them were stopped."
But Sunshine Coast police superintendent Terry Borland said there was no specific operation targeting the arrival of the Bandidos this weekend.
"We understand there is a national fun ride for the Bandidos this weekend and they will be among several visitors and tourists arriving on the Sunshine Coast," he said.
Beerwah Cars Bikes and Burnouts will be held at Beerwah Sportsground on Jones Rd from 10am today.
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