The Bandidos clubhouse at West End.
Picture: News Corp
The Bandidos beat their longtime rivals to the
punch by opening a chapter in bohemian inner-city West End,
meeting in a clubhouse at the end of a dead-end lane behind a
Meanwhile, the Hells Angels are running a
''Brisbane City Crew'' without a clubhouse, following failed
attempts to lease premises in West End, Fortitude Valley and
The new charters of both clubs, which were
embroiled in violent feuds in Brisbane and Gold Coast last year
and more recently in Melbourne, have coexisted without incident
But their recruits give a glimpse of what one
veteran bikie said was ''that wannabe gangster attitude weanling
its way in'' to the state capital from the Gold Coast.
''You can see it with the new blokes and their
lairy vests and gold chains,'' he said.
''From all I've heard of those lunatics (new
Bandidos recruits), not one of them rides a bike.
''They shouldn't be known as bikies. Bikies
want to be bikies, not gangsters. They're into bikes, drinking
piss, rooting and fighting, not robbing banks.''
The new cadre of Bandidos has links to a
number of major drug traffickers who were Australian Crime
They include Long Tran Ly, who was jailed for
13 years for running Brisbane's then biggest heroin syndicate,
and convicted cocaine traffickers Son Van Le and Peter Ferlan.
The West End clubhouse, flanked by CCTV
cameras, opened the same month another associate, an accused
drug trafficker, was linked to cash seized from a storage shed a
Hells Angels Brisbane city crew is linked to
Peter Sidirourgous, who founded the Hells Angels Gold Coast
chapter last year with murdered Sydney bikie Zeljko Mitrovic.
The Courier-Mail approached one-time Brisbane
Hells Angels prospect Bruno Da Silva at his Millennium Locks
business at East Brisbane to ask about the new charter.
Mr Da Silva was last year assaulted at work by
masked men who attacked Sidirourgous' Norman Park tattoo parlour
Platinum Ink half an hour earlier.
A Millennium staffer has previously answered a
phone call by the Courier-Mail with ''Hello, Platinum Ink''.
Mr Da Silva refused to comment.
A burly, tattooed employee ushered a
journalist from the premises, then followed him in secret for
another two blocks.
A lawyer later sent a letter advising Mr Da
Silva would complain to police of trespass if the journalist
Bandidos West End president Anthony Toumpas,
31, is a one-time TAFE Justice Studies student whose tow truck
sits idle most days outside the clubhouse.
He escaped a jail sentence in May over his
bashing of an unconscious Gold Coast lawyer which prompted him
to seek psychological counselling.
Former professional cyclist Cameron Hughes,
who runs a business in the same building, said the Bandidos made
''the perfect neighbour'' because they deterred thieves and
''I've heard stories about (Bandido meetings)
but even if it's true, it's good for us,'' he said.
Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said
police had intercepted members of both groups and arrested
associates for drugs and tainted cash.
''All outlaw motorcycle gangs have links with
crime, that's one of the major concerns for the community and
that's why we actively target them and engage with them,'' he
Detective Inspector Garry Watts said police
gang squad Task Force Hydra would ''continue to monitor those
outlaw motorcycle gangs and respond to information in relation
to criminal activity''.