The altercations are described in confidential
case files obtained by Fairfax Media, revealing the true scale of bikie-related
crime in the capital and the extensive police effort to combat it.
ACT Policing investigated 30 bikie-linked
incidents between November, 2016 and May last year, according to case summaries
released under freedom of information laws.
The Comanchero, Rebels, Nomads and Finks gangs
are named in the documents, which detail nine active police investigations into
outlaw motorcycle gangs and their involvement in criminal activity.
ACT Policing's criminal investigations boss,
Superintendent Scott Moller, said the increase in bikie activity flared-up in
"Since 2015 there has been a continued
increase in serious criminal activity known to be associated with outlaw motor
cycle gangs including home invasions, assaults, arsons, kidnapping, extortion,
drive-by shootings and other offences involving firearms," he said.
"ACT Policing has also seen an increase in the
number of known overt outlaw motorcycle gang runs into, and meetings held, in
Canberra involving interstate gang members since 2015."
The case files stretch back to November 14
last year, when three balaclava-clad intruders burst into a Crace home during an
"Three persons of interest have attended the
location with baseball bats [and a] gun and assaulted housemate and took
friend's car keys," read the police files.
"Came in through the back…complainant opened
the door then they pulled out the weapons."
Two days later a suspected shooting in Calwell
was also linked to gang activity.
"Complainant states he awoke to the glass
breaking at the front door, looks like a bullet hole into the glass then into
the wall," officers wrote.
"Police observed a hole through a pane of
glass and approximately 17 impact marks in the wooden sections of the door."
The files also documented a spike in gang
crime throughout April, with an assault, two attempted kidnappings, and a 10-man
bashing reported in the space of just four days between April 9 and April 12.
The April violence culminated in the Burns
Club assault, in which 10 Comanchero bikies set-upon a sole member of the rival
"Management of the club advised that offenders
had left prior to police arrival, and that they suspected it was a 'bikie-related'
fight," police case summaries read.
"They stated the victim of the assault had
been taken outside by up to 10 'Islander' males and assaulted."
The Finks gang, who do not have a Canberra
clubhouse but are active in regional NSW, were named in the files after members
were refused entry to a Civic pub in November.
"Multiple other incidents with Finks OMCG
members attempting to enter licensed premises in Canberra city over this
weekend," police noted in their report.
Other incidents included a man being slashed
with a machete during a three-man robbery in March, and a public five-on-one
bashing in Fyshwick on November 25.
"[Redacted] stated at about 5.45pm they were
informed a fight was occurring outside," read the police report of the November
"They went outside and saw five
males...punching and kicking a Caucasian male. They stated the male was being
kicked and punched repeatedly, though he did not fight back."
One witness to the November assault told
police they believed the Nomads gang was involved.
Aggravated robberies, burglaries, weapons
charges and blackmail are also mentioned in the police case summaries.
One heavily redacted report mentions an
incident last December, in which a burning car was rammed into a building.
ACT Labor recently introduced a bill into the
ACT legislative assembly aimed at curbing bikie violence in Canberra.
The bill gives police the power to declare a
crime scene on private property without a warrant if its occupants refuse to
cooperate, and also makes it a crime to shoot at a building, even if it is
Assistant Commissioner Justine Saunders, the
ACT's chief police officer, said the force would support any legislation that
made it easier to target criminal activity.
"ACT Policing welcomed the recent introduction
of legislation which will provide necessary powers to secure crime scenes, in
addition to a new offence specifically addressing the increased threat of
drive-by shootings," she said.
"ACT Policing is keen to continue working with
the ACT government to develop proactive and preventative legislation that will
assist police in targeting and stopping the illegal activities of criminal gangs
before they occur."