POLICE have descended on the Bandidos bikies
clubhouse in West End. in inner Brisbane as the war on bikies ramps
A patched member of the Bandidos has been arrested
near the West End club house tonight over his alleged involvement in
last week's Gold Coast bikie brawl.
Police have swarmed on Kurilpa St and Montague Rd this
evening in a show of force against the outlaw motorcycle gang.
Acting Chief Superintendent Jim Keogh said police
"were of the understanding that Bandidos were coming to the clubhouse
"As a result, we have arrested one offender here who
we believe was involved in the melee down the Gold Coast on Friday
night," he told reporters.
He said the man was arrested as he approached the West
End clubhouse alone.
While Acting Chief Supt Keogh would not specify the
number of police who have flooded the streets, conducting RBTs, he said
the manpower was "vast".
Police stop motorists in West End.
Picture: Mark Calleja
"Numbers-wise, this was certainly the most police
resources I have used in actioning any outlaw motorcycle gang," he said.
Acting Chief Supt Keogh said the message was simple:
"they couldn't behave themselves with the law, so they'll wear the full
force of the law".
He said word of tonight's operation obviously spread
among members -- and they decided not to show.
"That doesn't mean we are not going to go after them
and continue to go after them," he said.
"We are prepared for anything and everything."
He said the local community were all too aware of the
bikie problem and were "supportive of the crackdown".
He said members could "absolutely" expect more.
A SERT Armored vehicle in West End.
Picture: Mark Calleja
"This is reserved for the scourge of society and it is
being addressed as such," he said.
"Look, if you belong to a criminal motorcycle gang and
you want to partake in criminal activity, of course you've got to expect
Dozens of police blocked off Kurilpa Street, Montague
Road and Ferry Street.
Some of the police are heavily armed and have
reportedly surrounded the clubhouse in Montague Road. Armoured vehicles
are also in the area.
Police are breath testing drivers in the streets
surrounding the Bandidos clubhouse.
Police have established a RBT site and are
intercepting vehicles heading along Montague Rd and on Kurilpa St.
AN armoured police vehicle on patrol in
A police media spokeswoman could only confirm there
was an operation being carried out that is "sensitive".
Earlier it was reported
that Queensland will be the first state to get a new federal anti-gang
squad in a direct response to bikie violence on the Gold Coast.
The Abbott Government says it will establish a
Queensland 'strike team' as part of a National Anti-Gang Taskforce
The team will include officers from the Australian
Federal Police, Australian Crime Commission, Queensland Police Service
and Australian Taxation office.
Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan joined
Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey and state and federal police
brass to announce the plan in park opposite a Broadbeach restaurant
where bikies rioted last weekend.
ACC officers will also be embedded in the QPS to
provide top-level intelligence on outlaw bikie gangs.
"The criminal activity of outlaw motorcycle gangs is
not limited by state and federal boundaries and as such requires a tough
and uncompromising national approach," he said.
Mr Dempsey said the anti-gang squad would help 'strike
at the heart' of bikie gangs.
"Their days are numbered," he said.
Earlier it was reported,
that security had been stepped up at State Government buildings in
Brisbane's CBD in response to the bikie crackdown.
An email sent to public service members on Thursday
outlines new measures to be observed at certain buildings because of
"measures to bring criminal gangs to justice".
"As the action taken by these gangs can often be
unpredictable, the security in major office buildings in the CBD is to
be increased to a higher level," reads the message.
Buildings affected include the Executive Building,
State Law Building, 111 and 80 George Street, 33 Charlotte Street,
Education House, Queensland Health, Capitol Hill, Mineral House, CITEC
and the Neville Bonner building.
The Premier's spokesman earlier declined to comment on
personal security arrangements for Campbell Newman who has vowed to rid
Queensland of criminal motorcycle gangs.
He and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will receive a
briefing from Crime and Misconduct Committee acting chairman Ken Levy
later on Thursday on the bikie situation.
THE most extreme legislation ever proposed in
Queensland is set to be rammed through State Parliament without any
review or consultation.
And in response to the growing bikie threat, Prime
Minister Tony Abbott it also turning his attention on the Gold Coast,
promising bikie gang members will be hauled before secret hearings and
stripped of their assets in a bid to gut their business model.
Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie yesterday
indicated anti-racketeering laws designed to break up bikie gangs and
jail their members, were unlikely to be sent to a parliamentary
committee for examination.
Additional police arrive on the Gold Coast as
part of a QPS commitment to target bikie gangs.
Mr Bleijie said it would be his
preference to pass the laws as soon as possible so police could start
prosecuting "criminal motorcycle gangs".
"The need is urgent and I think we should be trying to
get these laws passed through with bipartisan support as soon as
possible," said Mr Bleijie.
"I'd certainly be pushing for a very much condensed
committee process, or no committee process at all."
The committee which would normally review such
legislation is chaired by LNP MP Ian Berry, who previously opposed the
treatment of "bikies as terrorists".
In a submission to the former government in response
to its Criminal Organisation legislation - now being used to try to have
the Finks declared a criminal gang - Mr Berry said there was no need for
such "regressive and dangerous" laws.
"There is sufficient legislation in Queensland to deal
with outlaw gangs who engage in unlawful acts," wrote Mr Berry in his
capacity as Queensland Law Society president in November 2011.
"We have not seen one skerrick of research which
demonstrates some shortcoming in the current mainstream criminal law
regime in Queensland."
As well as banning bikies from gathering in groups,
going to certain places and wearing club colours in licensed venues, the
laws would stop them from running tattoo parlours and promoting or
recruiting to their club.
Penalties will include mandatory minimum jail
sentences of at least a year, and heavy fines.
A member of the Bandidos MC club Picture:
Meanwhile, the Abbott Government
will today reveal that the Australian Crime Commission - which has the
powers of a Royal Commission - will turn its attention and covert reach
to the Gold Coast.
Outlaw motorcycle gang members who cannot convince the
ACC that their bikes, homes and cash have been obtained legally will be
targeted under new unexplained wealth laws to be introduced by the
It is understood no offence will be needed for the ACC
to issue a determination on unexplained wealth. Those who refuse to
answer questions face being sent straight to jail.
Members of the ACC will also become embedded with
Taskforce Maxima, a Queensland Police Service operation to crackdown on
bikies at the Gold Coast.
The ACC will also open its top secret database to the
Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan and Queensland
Police Minister Jack Dempsey will announce the details today on the
Glitter Strip, which has been under siege by bikie for the past week.
A special Federal anti-gang taskforce will also be set
up to fight the Bandidos, Finks, Mongols at the Gold Coast.
Mr Keenan described bikie crime as a national issue
that needed a national response.
"We are trying to make sure that the environment for
these guys to operate is very hard and we're going to make sure that we
do everything to close these criminal gangs down,'' he told The
"We are going to tighten up the Commonwealth
unexplained wealth regime. We're going to make sure we use all the
powers at the disposal of Commonwealth agencies, but in particular those
"(They will be called) and asked where they've got
their money from.
"What we want to do is confiscate their money and that
is a very good way of attacking criminality because the whole point in
getting involved in organised crime is to make money.''
While the State Government has tough unexplained
wealth laws and the Crime and Misconduct Commission has its own coercive
powers, Mr Keenan said Commonwealth agencies would have a greater reach
across all boarders.
It's understood Mr Keenan's new laws will allow the
ACC or the Australian Federal Police to target bikies even if they have
not committed an indictable offence.
WHAT THE ACC CAN DO
• Summons any witness to appear before an examiner
• Require that witness to give evidence of their
knowledge of matters concerning the criminal activities involving
themselves and others upon whom an investigation or intelligence
operation is focused
* Require the person to provide documents or other
things to an examiner.