Bev Lacey

No police plan to target bikies at Anzac Day marches

QUEENSLAND Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said any speculation that police were planning to disrupt Anzac Day marches to target particular groups, including organised criminal gangs, was simply not true.

The Queensland Opposition earlier this year claimed ex-servicemen who are members of outlaw motorcycle gangs could be arrested on Anzac Day under the tough new VLAD legislation introduced last year.

Commissioner Stewart said today Queenslanders can be assured officers were committed to ensuring Anzac Day events are conducted in a manner which honours the ultimate sacrifice made by many of our servicemen and women in conflicts across the world.

"The QPS does not intend to target Anzac Day celebrations unless there is specific intelligence indicating that gang members were intent on disrespecting one of the most important days of commemoration for Australian and New Zealand citizens, by breaching the law," he said.

"Demonstrations of violence or criminal activity by anyone, let alone criminal gangs, will not be tolerated."

Commissioner Stewart said police would monitor events to ensure they are not disrupted, and if need be, conduct follow-up investigations into suspect criminal activity post-event.

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