Crackdown on Ipswich
IPSWICH police have vowed to
crack down on outlaw motorcycle gangs as the
State Government moves to introduce legislation
targeting crime gangs.
The State Government said
members of organised crime groups would face
mandatory penalties, bans and losing their bikes
It follows the latest outlaw
motorcycle gang incident on the Gold Coast when
there was a violent brawl at Broadbeach on
Ipswich Inspector Keith
McDonald said police in the district planned to
step up activity targeting bikies.
"Our focus now, like
everywhere else in Queensland, will be a focus
on outlaw motorcycle gangs," Insp McDonald said.
"The enforcement of their
movements will be subject to increased activity
and if they are committing breaches of the
traffic laws or criminal laws they will be dealt
with appropriately according to that
"Any outlaw motorcycle gang
members who move through the Ipswich police
district will be the subject of increased
He said there was a branch of
the Bandidos Motorcycle Club in Ipswich.
"Any outlaw motorcycle gang is
significant in relation to their activities," he
"The fact is they are here and
their activities are always closely monitored.
"They're certainly going to be
more closely monitored now and there will be an
increase in enforcement activity against them in
line with the Premier's and the Commissioner's
"Some of them run legitimate
businesses and in some cases illegal businesses,
which have an enormous impact on health of the
"Outlaw motorcycle members
have to understand the law is applied equally to
everyone in the state of Queensland.
"Unfortunately, they have
shown on the Gold Coast that some of them have
the perception they are above the law.
"We obviously want to send an
impression to them that they are not above the
law and the law will be delivered equally to
them as it is to every other member of the
- Bandidos Motorcycle Club
Australia was formed in 1983.
- The original members were
ex-Comanchero Motorcycle Club members.
- The first US Bandidos
club was formed in 1966.