Deputy Police Commissioner, Sir Ken Jones, says
criminal bikie gangs in Victoria are being
Dozens of Hells
Angels motorcycle club members made a visible
display of support at yesterday's funeral of
slain Melbourne criminal figure, Macchour Chaouk.
Sir Jones has
confirmed he is talking to the State Government
about outlawing the physical fortification of
"We are always in
contact with government about whether we have
the right laws to be able to take them on," he
told ABC Radio.
The Premier, John
Brumby, says the change will be considered.
relation to those organised criminal groups,
that fortified buildings or residences, whether
there might be a case for anti-fortification
legislation, so we're looking at that, we
haven't formed a concluded view yet but very
positive discussions with police command," he
Sir Ken has warned
those Hells Angels members who were at the
"My message to
those people yesterday is that if they came for
any other reason other than to share that event,
we know who you are, we're watching you, we've
got intelligence and my advice is to stay out of
this," he said.
is cautioning the State Government against a
possible crackdown on bikie gangs.
president, Michael Pearce, says the government
should resist any pressure to appear tough on
crime in the lead up to the state election.
And he says the
state's current laws should be allowed to
people are fortifying their houses or their
premises and using weapons that are already
registered then that's already an offence," he
"What you often
find in these situations is that the sort of
conduct that government is saying we're going to
pass laws against is already against the law."
Opposition says it supports anti-fortification
laws, and also wants to empower police to ban
designated bikie gangs.
No one has been
charged over Chaouk's death.
He was shot dead
in the backyard of his Brooklyn home, in
Melbourne's west, last Friday.