Gang meetings ‘less overt’ since introduction of bikie laws

Acting Detective Inspector Ben Carroll
Acting Detective Inspector Ben Carroll Chris Ison

CENTRAL Queensland bikies are packing up and moving out of view of the public as a result of the Newman government's crackdown on criminal motorcycle gangs.

Acting Detective Inspector Ben Carroll said since the introduction of the legislation in October, clubhouses had been vacated and signage and contents removed. The clubhouses were no longer used.

"Before the legislation was introduced, police spoke with members advising them of the implications of the new legislation," Act Det Insp Carroll said.

"Consequently the majority emptied out their clubhouses."

He added that police suspected members may meet in private in a more covert manner.

He said police had been actively targeting numerous members of motorcycle gangs in the region including the Rebels, Odin Warriors, Black Uhlans and the Outlaws, along with their associates.

As a result, more than 100 members had been charged with offences throughout the central region, extending from Bowen to the Sunshine Coast.

"In Capricornia, 27 individuals were charged with 64 offences, including drugs, property and assault, since the legislation was introduced," Act Det Insp Carroll said.

"We think the legislation is very effective, and it reduces the overtness of motorcycle gangs in the open... which gives the public confidence," he said.

The legislation was also proving to be an excuse for some bikies to exit gangs.

"We have intelligence to indicate a number of members have withdrawn from clubs, and handed in their colours," Act Det Insp Carroll said.

"Some members utilised the new legislation to leave their gangs."

He said many bikies stopped and talked freely to police while others were more "hard core".

"We have had no trouble or backlash from the bikies in our region," he said.

"But we understand the gangs want to fight the legislation in the High Court down south.

"The police don't get involved in that.

"We act in accordance to the legislation the government has set."

Topics:  bikie crackdown bikie laws black uhlans odin's warriors rebels

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