NOTORIOUS New Zealand street gang the
Mongrel Mob have established a chapter in Darwin and have a visible
presence in a Mitchell St nightclub, police claim.
The gang’s chapter was created three
months ago by a New Zealand man employed to work for Inpex and has links
to the Rebels bikie gang.
Police believe Mongrel Mob members
congregate at city night spot Opium, wearing the gang’s colour red
during the club’s Red Friday promotions.
The gangsters wear red clothing or a
bandana to signify they are part of the Mongrel Mob.
But the owner of the club denied it
has any connections with the gang.
Police suspect the chapter’s 20
members have links to the nightclub’s staff, who feature the tattooed
gangsters in the nightclub’s social media posts.
The gangsters try to mask their
identity but flash gang symbols to the camera.
Sources told the NT News
police are aware of four assaults involving Mongrel Mob members which
have not been reported to police — one including a brawl with a Hells
The other assaults have allegedly been
on unsuspecting clubbers on a night out.
Opium owner Lenno Savage denied the
nightclub had any links to the street gang.
He said the club’s Red Friday
promotion was based on an American frat party theme of red plastic
“We are not to know who comes into the
club. We don’t allow colours, we don’t allow anything that articulates
bikie affiliation,” he said.
“We don’t know what they do in their
private lives. We can’t stop them coming in our club if they are from a
“We’re in the crux of the Mitchell St
nightclub precinct. Late at night all roads lead to Rome.”
The NT News understands in
the weeks before two high profile Rebels bikies were jailed, members of
the two gangs were seen socialising in Darwin night spots.
Police said the gang had begun
recruiting Darwin members and fear the assaults will continue.
Social media posts show the gangsters
posing with firearms and dead animals on a Top End hunting trip and
wearing Mongrel Mob vests and insignia.
An Office of Liquor and Gaming
spokesman said changes to the liquor licensing laws in 2014 prohibited
gang colours, emblems or insignia of outlaw gangs to be worn in licensed
“As this is a liquor licence
condition, any licensee not complying with the condition may be
penalised for their noncompliance,” he said.
The penalties include fines,
suspension of trade or cancellation of licence.
Gangs and Organised Crime Division
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Stringer said police were aware the
Mongrel Mob had established a chapter in the Top End.
“We’ve received information that there
has been some activity of the Mongrel Mob in Darwin,” he said.
“I’d advise anyone that the Mongrel
Mob are a criminal organisation and to not have anything to do with