Police have raided the clubhouses of the
Rebels and Nomads motorcycle gangs in Coffs Harbour today.
POLICE have served warning on outlaw motorcycle gangs
that they are not welcome on the Coffs Coast today by raiding the
clubhouses of the Rebels and Nomads motorcycle clubs.
Seizing alcohol, fridges and bars police allege that
the bikie gangs have been running illegal activity out of two industrial
sheds, one in Marcia St, Coffs Harbour which is the local headquarters
of the Rebels and another in Hi-Tech Dr, Toormina run by the Nomads.
Officers from the Coffs Clarence and Northern Region
commands, Strike Force Raptor and the police rescue and dog squad units
stormed the premises armed with search warrants this morning.
They reportedly did not encounter any members of the
outlaw motorcycle clubs.
Police said no arrests or charges had been made, but a
warning had been served to members of these outlaw bikie gangs.
"We will allege that over a period of time those
premises have been used for illegal activities," Coffs Clarence Local
Area Commander Superintendent Mark Holahan said.
"It is in the legislation of the restricted premises
act for us to gain search warrants and we are currently in the process
of removing all the equipment that is associated with those illegal
"Further we are working with council as police are
saying those premises are being used for purposes not permitted and we
are working to resolve those issues now.
"The message to outlaw motorcycle gangs is quite
clearly this, there is no place for you in the Coffs Clarence Local Area
Supt. Holahan said police had been made aware of the
unauthorised sale of alcohol at the clubhouses and other illegal adult
"Personally as a police officer I don't like them at
all," Supt. Holahan said.
"I do not like outlaw motorcycle gangs. They do not
exist for any other reason other than to cause havoc in the community
and that's the clear message that we are sending today.
"One fuzzy ride a year where you collect toys and
present them to a hospital does not make you a good citizen in the
"We will use every resource that we have and every
power that we have to show your illegal activities and to close you
"Quite clearly the message to the people in the
community that run these types of motorcycle gangs is make yourself
known to us so that we can take the appropriate action."
Police say Coffs Harbour City Council has been called
to inspect possible illegal modifications that have been made to the
industrial sheds, such as installing sleeping quarters, showers and
He said the clubhouses should be a reason of concern
for neighbouring property owners, landlords and businesses given open
fires where found inside one of the industrial sheds.