made an unprecedented public plea to outlaw bikie gang
leaders to lay down their arms.
Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana urged
outlaw motorcycle gang members to rethink any plans they
might have for all-out war.
"We are asking the office-bearers of any
outlaw motorcycle gangs that are considering any particular
action or violence to reconsider their decisions, and not
proceed with any planned activities," Mr Fontana said.
He warned of a real risk that innocent
people could be seriously injured - or even killed - in any
But Mr Fontana said: "There are still some
senior people out there - and they are plotting.
Shots were fired into a Hallam gym run by
Comanchero state president Mick Murray
earlier this week.
"We are aware that … the Hells Angels are
in possession of a number of military-style high-powered
weapons and we are concerned about it," Mr Fontana said.
"Apart from the fact that they are
targeting some of their enemies in other clubs,They are
indiscriminate with the use of these weapons.
"They are high-powered, they (the bullets)
travel long distances and they penetrate steel. So it places
a lot of people at risk, not only those that might be
"It's easy for innocent members of the
community - or even our members that are responding - to be
exposed to risk," he said.
"We really do need to get those weapons
out of the hands of criminals."
He appealed for anyone who may have
information about the weapons, planned attacks or drugs to
contact Crime Stoppers.
"That information might be critical and
may actually save someone's life or prevent someone from
getting seriously injured," he said.
Tensions between bikie gangs have
escalated to unprecedented levels down the whole east coast
Bikies from NSW have poured into the Gold
Coast as turf wars rage, leading to the setting up of a
national anti-gang body in Queensland.
And tomorrow, laws take effect allowing
Victoria Police to apply to courts to force outlaw bikie
club headquarters to remove their fortifications.
"We are working very closely with our
national law enforcement partners, and weare going to will
keep up our attempts to make the environment hostile for
these particular groups(bikies)," Mr Fontana said. "Our
focus at the moment is reallyon bringing these people back
He said: "There's been a growth in
chapters across the state. They're all territorial, some of
them have got personal gripes against other club members,
some of it will be club against club or chapter against
chapter - there is a whole range of reasons for the
"We want to reassure the community we are
focused on trying to quell this problem, but at the same
time we need support," he said.