Bandidos bikie colours
The man leading the police crackdown
against motorcycle gangs on the Gold Coast says the
community is owed a fight back against bikies.
Superintendent Jim Keogh is only days into
his new role as the head of Taskforce Takeback after the
forced transfer of Graham Rynders from the Coast's top
police post earlier this week.
Supt Keogh, a former Gold Coast district
chief, says he's committed to achieving Acting Assistant
Commissioner Stephen Holland's ambition of completely
eradicating the bikie presence.
"They need this. They're owed this, so
we'll deliver it," Mr Keogh told reporters on Thursday.
"From the most minor breach to serious law
infringement, action will be taken. It's as simple as that.
"They're starting to get the message. If I
was a bikie I'd be starting to reflect on my attitude."
Mr Keogh showed media footage from a
police helicopter of an incident outside a Parkwood tavern
on Tuesday afternoon, where a member of the Bandidos was
confronted by a strong police presence.
The man, among several charged with riot
following the brawl outside a Broadbeach restaurant last
month, subsequently tested positive following a roadside
Tuesday's operation was initiated by a
call from a member of the public, who had spotted the man's
silver Toyota sedan being driven erratically.
Mr Keogh said the public was playing a key
role in the crackdown.
"There's a lot more information going
through Crime Stoppers and some of the information is very
much in line with the intelligence we've got," he said.
"The bottom line is the crackdown is
taking place on a daily basis and it's going to continue.
"It's obviously having considerable
disruption. You've only got to look at the lack of movement
that you're seeing on the streets both day and night."