CRACKDOWN: Members of the Finks on a national run.
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Coast bikies feeling the heat as criminal activity falls

SUNSHINE Coast police say they have put a significant dent in bikie activity since the introduction of harsh new laws.

A taskforce has been established to tackle outlaw motorcycle gangs and drive out organised criminal elements.

The squad is part of a Queensland Police statewide crackdown on bikies led by Taskforce Maxima.

District Crime Group Detective Inspector Dave Drinnen would not comment on how many Coast bikie clubhouses had been abandoned since Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced strict new legislation.

However, he said a decline in bikie activity had resulted.

Earlier this month, the government named four Sunshine Coast addresses - at Caloundra West, Eumundi, Kunda Park and Noosaville - on a list of bikie clubhouses.

It has been reported that the Rebels, Bandidos and Black Uhlans had abandoned their Coast hangouts.

Det Insp Drinnen said the squad would operate as long as required to drive criminal bike gangs from the Coast.

"We have seen a decline in activity since the legislation came in," he said.

"We'll continue to review our requirements and decisions to continue with the squad will be made depending on its effectiveness and our needs across the district."



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