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In the bag: Police hope public recognition of this blue tool bag will help track down an offender.

Police hope to bag robber Biker dismay: Motorcycle riders from around the state including Frankston and the peninsula joined a rally against “antiassociation� laws outside Parliament in Melbourne. Picture supplied

Riders protest new anti-association laws MOTORCYCLISTS from Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula joined about 300 riders outside Parliament House on Saturday last week to protest anti-association laws being introduced by state governments in Tasmania and South Australia. They follow the so-called Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws introduced in Queensland by the Newman government in 2013. Riders also protested in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra where they rode around Parliament House. Co-organiser Dale Maggs of the Freedom Rid-

ers Association, who is known to many people in the region through his former role organising Christmas toy runs, said riders would stand together to prevent any tougher legislation that targets them. “Police already have the laws they need to control criminals. Motorcyclists are being treated as the ‘new terrorists’ by politicians and law enforcement agencies,� he said. “The current laws are tough enough and already risk capturing people who are not gang members and who were not intended by the government to be captured by the laws.� Mr Maggs said due to the extreme lack of un-

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derstanding at all levels of what constitutes a “bikie� and a “biker�, all riders were thrown into the one pot. “Ten per cent of the voting population in Victoria holds motorcycle licences. “Unfortunately the fear mongering perpetrated by politicians and law enforcement agencies have the community as a whole wary or scared of anyone who chooses to wear leather and uses a motorcycle as their means of transport.� Mr Maggs said police were taking anti-bikie actions to extremes. “They’ve been harassing riders who belong to social biker clubs. Even if you’re riding on your own, police pull you over.� Mike Hast

THE crime may be old, but Frankston police hope public assistance will help them find a man who held up the Blairgowrie Pharmacy with a handgun at 9.05am on 5 May 2012. The thief, who escaped with cash and drugs, is described as being in his late 20s, Caucasian, 170-175cm tall and of medium build. He left behind a navy blue Chrome Tech tool carry bag. The bag has the words ‘SAMUEL J II written inside. Anyone who can identify the owner of the bag or has information about the armed robbery should call Frankston Embona Taskforce on 9784 5590 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Councillor speaks SHOREHAM Community Association members will hear from Cr Tim Wood, of Red Hill Ward, at their 4th annual meeting, 11am Sunday 19 July, Old School Community Hall, Byrnes Rd, Shoreham. Shoreham Community Association president Peter Renkin said the talk would be an opportunity for Shoreham and Red Hill Ward residents to learn about Cr Wood’s experiences and aspirations as a councillor. The meeting will be followed by a barbecue lunch. For information about the association’s activities go to shoreham.vic.au

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