Hells Angels overthrows Lost Breed motorcycle gang
A patched member of the Lost Breed motorcycle club in
The Lost Breed motorcycle gang is no more.
The Hells Angels has stamped its mark on Nelson by
overthrowing the long-standing outlaw club and ending its 39-year run.
It is understood the Lost Breed disbanded in late December
when at least one senior member defected to the Hells Angels.
Sources said the Lost Breed was "no longer", a senior member
had become a "turncoat" and many of the older members had left the club.
They said the clubhouse in Stoke had been closed and "stripped
out" and the Lost Breed patches had been burned.
It is understood a senior member of the Lost Breed,
accompanied by several others, walked into the clubhouse wearing a Hells Angels
The Hells Angels gained a foothold in Nelson through the
Red Devils Motorcycle Club.
Lost Breed members who were there at the time are understood
to have "folded" and the takeover happened peacefully.
The Lost Breed Wikipedia page has been updated to include the
club's end date of December 21.
It is understood the Lost Breed clubhouse in Echodale
Industrial Estate has been taken over by the Hells Angels.
A man at the clubhouse on Thursday declined to comment.
A police source said they had heard a "rumour" that the Lost
Breed had been overthrown by the Hells Angels, but it was "unsubstantiated".
"It's only surfaced over the last few days."
The police said the purpose-built clubhouse would be a
"sweetener" for any gang that wanted to establish itself in Nelson.
The Lost Breed formed in Nelson in 1976. It was known as a
motorcycle club to its members and an outlaw motorcycle gang to police.
The gang had headquarters in Washington Valley and Haven Rd
before moving to Fuji Court, Stoke.
The members were highly visible in Nelson throughout their
heyday, but gained less public attention in their later years.
The gang's most high-profile moment was a violent clash with
visiting Highway 61 members from Wellington at Nelson's annual mardi gras in
1979. Four gang members were injured and 21 Lost Breed members and associates
In May 1997, then Lost Breed vice-president, Guy Henman, 27,
was shot and killed in a confrontation in the Lud Valley, near Nelson.
And at 2am on St Valentine's Day, 1998, a car bomb blew out
about 20 windows at the Lost Breed's Haven Rd headquarters.
The gang has been linked to drugs, violence, and public sex
but, in 2009, it spoke out against family violence and methamphetamine.
Sources said the Lost Breed membership was ageing and the gang
had become more of a social club in recent years.
"The impression I have is that most of the original members
either had defected to other clubs or those that still remained were becoming
really quite marginalised or getting too old," one source said.
"Their reputation from the 70s and 80s is all that's left.
They're not a gang anymore, really."
Police gang figures for June this year showed the Lost Breed
had an estimated 11 patched or prospect members in Nelson Bays and the Hells
Angels had only four.
The Hells Angels taking over the Lost Breed will likely impact
on membership numbers.
In September, Detective Senior Sergeant Ciaran Sloan said the
Lost Breed and Hells Angels were the most established gangs in the region.
The Hells Angels gained a foothold in Nelson through the Red
Devils Motorcycle Club, which emerged in the city in March, 2009.
The Red Devils was considered a "puppet gang" of the Hells
Angels and, in 2014, became a "hang around chapter", meaning members were
allowed to wear Hells Angels' insignia.
A police undercover investigation between September 2009 and
March 2011, known as Operation Explorer, aimed to disrupt the expansion of the
Red Devils in the region.
The operation resulted in 21 patched members and associates
being arrested and charged with a range of offences.
However, all of the defendants were acquitted in June and July
when a High Court judge found that evidence for a majority of the charges was
improperly obtained by police.
It is understood the Hells Angels then ramped up its activity
in Nelson and was in the process of establishing an official chapter.
thesis published in 2010 by Canterbury
University sociologist and gang expert Jarrod Gilbert predicted that the outlaw
motorcycle club scene would amalgamate.
"Through the fall of numerous outlaw clubs, however, a natural
equilibrium may be achieved; in effect, balancing supply and demand with fewer
clubs servicing a smaller pool of prospective members," he wrote.
"In this way, the outlaw club scene may consolidate around the
Former members of the Lost Breed have declined to comment.