HIDDEN away in a
Boolaroo industrial park, this had been the little oasis
enjoyed by leather-clad lads and their mates for 40 years.
detectives, along with the specialist bikie crime squad
Strike Force Raptor, raided the Life and Death bikie gang’s
clubhouse following an investigation into alcohol being
illegally supplied at the premises.
And citing the
Restricted Premises Act (1943), police seized absolutely
everything in the place except a Harley-Davidson motorcycle
believed to belong to the chapter president.
everything was stripped. From the bar and its fridges to the
stage, the alcohol and the collection of bikie
paraphernalia; it was all taken away as part of the
The raid is the
second on a Lake Macquarie chapter in three months, after
the Rebels’ clubhouse at Morisset was cleaned out in
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THE alleged masters
have taken a hit from their sworn enemies.
The jewel in the
crown of the Life and Death bikie gang’s chapter in Lake
Macquarie since 1973, the immaculately presented Boolaroo
clubhouse, has again been returned to an industrial shed
following a police raid yesterday.
into alcohol being illegally sold and supplied at the
clubhouse prompted a large team of officers, including the
crack bikie crime squad Strike Force Raptor, to converge on
the Creek Reserve Road joint to shut it down.
And that they did.
Restricted Premises Act (1943) and the Environmental
Planning and Assessments Act (1979) relating to the original
development application, Lake Macquarie detectives applied
and were granted a search warrant on the shed.
They were also
given the power to take everything out of the place.
Nothing was off
So from the
impressive-looking bar, the just as eyecatching oversized
artwork of a nude woman, the huge stage and all in-between
were slowly taken down.
There were more
than 400 bottles of beer and spirits – Jim Beam, Jack
Daniels and Canadian Club for starters.
There were the
personalised barrels used as tables, the bar stools and the
fridges the grog came in.
There was even the
plastic chairs and seats with heat warmers and ashtrays.
And then there was
the bikie paraphernalia.
The huge Life and
Death sign that stood sentinel over the bar, the rough
messages adorning most walls.
Herald understands many of the club’s members’ colours –
their leather jackets clad with club insignias – had been
stored at the clubhouse and were also seized.
As was one of the
original leather jackets from the first chapter way back
The club can apply
to have possessions returned.
But what was left
was just a shell of the old clubhouse.
Rubble sat in one
corner where the stage once stood.
The bar was just
some painted concrete blocks.
level, where the older members are believed to have sat to
look over the rest, remained because there were fears the
shed could collapse.
As did at least one
And the police left
one other thing – the chapter president’s Harley Davidson.
But there were also
a few surprises.
Like the sawn-off
shotgun and pistol hidden in the roof upstairs with some
ammunition for another weapon, and the .22 calibre rifle
They also seized
$2500 in cash and paperwork about how to run the bar.
‘‘This should be
seen in the strongest possible terms – we will continue to
focus on OMCGs [outlaw motorcycle gangs] and their
activities,’’ Lake Macquarie local area commander
Superintendent Brett Greentree said.
The raid is the
second in three months, after the Rebels bike gang’s
clubhouse at Morisset received similar attention in
Police rescue squad
officers used a circular saw to cut their way into the shed
about 11am yesterday.
No members were at
the clubhouse when police arrived, however several people
arrived and watched on.
Greentree said there was no licence for the premises to
supply alcohol and investigations would continue into