Bikie moved in and wouldn’t leave: Bomber Thompson
STEPHEN DRILL, Herald Sun
January 13, 2018 10:00pm
BOMBER Thompson says a bikie who moved into his Port Melbourne home would not leave, the Sunday Herald Sun can reveal.
Police quizzed Thompson on Tuesday about his relationship with Thomas Windsor, who allegedly has links to the Rebels bikie gang and was living at his Port Melbourne property.
Thompson, who was released without charge, has strongly denied involvement in any criminal activity.
“What a bizarre week. I think they realised that I’m not in the gang,” he said.
Police allegedly found drugs when Thompson’s Rouse St home was raided this month.
Karl Holt, who allegedly has links to the Bandidos bikie gang, has also been charged with trafficking a drug of dependence as part of the same police investigation.
Thompson said Holt had only recently moved in, but said it was not a standard tenancy arrangement.
“They just moved in, you just can’t get rid of them,” he said.
When asked whether they were living there full time, he said: “On and off, on and off, he just comes in when he wants. He just used to … do whatever he wanted.”
Thompson’s warehouse home has two living areas, an upstairs and downstairs flat, and it’s believed Windsor was living in a separate area.
Details of the investigation come after Thompson quit his Fox Footy commitments this year.
Thompson was a regular feature on AFL 360 with his “Bomber Diaries” segment. Fox Footy confirmed his departure yesterday.
Police raided a Port Melbourne property owned by Mark Bomber Thompson.
“Mark Thompson has decided to stand down from his Fox Footy commitments,” Fox Sports said in a statement.
“We thank Mark for his contribution over the past six years.”
Thompson has been in the headlines this week, but friends and people in football have been worried about him for several years.
The Sunday Herald Sun believes there were concerns for his welfare when he was coaching Geelong almost a decade ago when the Cats were winning premierships.
“This doesn’t surprise me,” a Geelong source said after his arrest last week. “I just hope he gets better and hope he fixes his life up.”
Thompson left Geelong at the end of 2010 and moved to Essendon as an assistant coach before taking over as senior coach in 2014 after the supplements scandal.
But insiders say he was unreliable while there, often turning up late to meetings, or not all.
“He was in and out. If you’re assistant coach you need to be there at every meeting; if you’re only half in the door it’s difficult to do your job,” a source said.
Those who have known him a long time say they’re worried about him.
“Everyone is hoping that he’s OK. No one has spoken to Bomber for a long time,” a friend said.