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Bullets hit Bandidos club on Gold Coast

  |  May 12th, 2010



The Bandidos clubhouse at Cronulla Avenue, Mermaid Beach. A police officer checks out bullet holes.

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GOLD Coast police say the shooting up of a bikie gang clubhouse early this morning is not linked to any turf war between rival outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Acting Detective Inspector Terry Goldsworthy of the Southern Investigative Group said the general public should not be concerned for their safety.

Bandidos bikies allowed police into their Gold Coast clubhouse after it was shot up about 4am today.

Police are investigating five bullet holes found in the front of the Cronulla Avenue bikie clubhouse at Mermaid Beach this morning.

The gunshots woke nearby residents up to 500m away.

Det-Insp Goldsworthy told a press conference this afternoon the shooting was being treated as a one-off incident.

He said there was no indication of it being a turf war and hoped there would be no retaliation.

However, other police sources say they fear the incident could ignite a turf war, and that the uneasy truce with the United Motorcycle Council has been shattered.

Late this afternoon a UMC spokesman said reports of fears the truce with UMC members had been shattered were unfounded.

 ``This is completely untrue and the UMC refute this in the strongest possible terms,'', he said.


``The clubs of the UMC are still strongly united, with the prime focus of dispute resolution, and to that end the UMC is working very well.

Police forensic officers examined the Bandidos clubhouse this morning and marked five separate  bullet holes  as well as examining a number of other holes on the building's exterior.

The shots went through metal plating on the exterior of the building. Ballistics experts were still examining evidence. While the exact calibre of the weapon is unknown police confirmed it was from a high-powered weapon.

Detectives from Taskforce Hydra, a unit set up to investigate outlaw motorcycle gang activities, are also assisting with the investigation.



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