Bikie ban spreads its wings
across all licensed venues on the northern beaches
February 04, 20154:34PM
THE writing is on the wall
for bikies wearing their colours – they’re now
banned from all licensed venues on the northern
For several years, bikies in colours
have been barred from Manly pubs and clubs following an
agreement by the Manly Liquor Accord.
Now the Northern Beaches Liquor Accord
has made a similar decision covering all licensed venues
in Warringah and Pittwater.
Northern Beaches local area commander
Superintendent Dave Darcy described the accord’s
decision as “great news”.
Police raiding the Mongols' headquarters at
Brookvale in November
“We don’t need the overt presence of
bikies in colours on the northern beaches,” he said.
“It’s good to see a unified stand
taken by all licensees in the area.
“It means the whole of the northern
beaches’ licensees are in agreement.
“It was a group decision and it’s
strongly supported by the police.”
Northern Beaches Liquor Accord
president Rob O’Connell said stickers would be placed at
the entrances to all licensed venues making it clear to
bikies that they were not welcome.
“It’s a no-brainer and it will be
written on the door,” he said.
“The stickers will make clear that
this is part of our door policy.
“We haven’t been pushed or shoved into
this by the police.
“We said we’d do it so that no one got
a foothold in any venue.”
Supt Darcy said a number of groups
from outside the area had approached local venues in
recent times trying to gain entry.
The only local bikie gang, the
Brookvale chapter of the Finks, patched over to the
Mongols in November and police were able to prevent any
violence between the two gangs. Both have chapters in
other parts of Sydney. Police also raided the chapter’s
Brookvale clubhouse in November and allegedly found a
handgun, bullets and cannabis.
More than 45 officers from Strike
Force Raptor, Operation Talon and the Rescue Squad
joined local police in the raid of the bikies’ clubhouse
in Sydenham Rd as part of efforts to investigate gang
members and disrupt criminal activity.
As part of a catch-all approach,
police were investigating the possible supply of alcohol
on the premises in contravention of the Restricted
Supt Darcy said the alleged presence
of a gun in a clubhouse showed motorcycle gangs had to
be considered as a real menace, not just a bunch of
blokes only interested in bikes and beer.