Police talk with Lone Legion members
outside a warehouse at 14 Stuart St,
Blenheim, which is thought to be the
club's new headquarters. Second from
left is Roger Turnbull, the director
of Legionnaire Ltd, which owns the
they were intimidated by patched gang
members during a rowdy weekend at a
warehouse in Blenheim that police believe
could be the new headquarters of the Lone
Legion Motorcycle Club.
Legion marked its 30th anniversary last
Wednesday, and celebrations continued
through the weekend.
Marlborough Express saw at least six members
of the Outlaws MC from Napier arrive on
motorbikes at 14 Stuart St on Saturday.
afternoon, four Lone Legion members,
including Legionnaire Ltd director Roger
Turnbull, were seen talking with police.
A New Zealand
flag hung at half-mast at the entrance to
the warehouse on the property, which has a
high corrugated iron fence and gate along
the street front.
Marlborough area police commander Senior
Sergeant Ciaran Sloan said police were
called to Stuart St after an incident
stemming from a noise complaint. Inquiries
A resident in
the area said a gang member attacked a
neighbour across the road in Stuart St after
a complaint on Saturday night about loud
music. The fight lasted several minutes.
The music from
the warehouse on Saturday night was a
"constant thud in the distance", the
Mr Sloan said
police were aware that associates of the
Lone Legion owned the warehouse at 14 Stuart
the building was the club's new
headquarters, Mr Sloan said he did not know,
"but one could assume that it is going to
be monitoring the gang, he said.
usually up to criminal activity, and I would
say the Lone Legion ... is up to no
different. When they attract our attention,
they will receive it," Mr Sloan said.
Mayor Alistair Sowman said he had not been
briefed about the Lone Legion setting up in
Stuart St, but gangs were not welcome in
time, [the Lone Legion] have kept a pretty
low profile and haven't been a concern to
lifting their presence and associating with
other gangs, then of course it's a concern.
have kept a lid on things gang-wise, and I
want to see it kept that way."
Legion Motorcycle Club and the Outlaws MC
are part of the A-Team, an alliance of
several biker groups.
the New Zealand Companies Register, Mr
Turnbull is the sole director of Legionnaire
Ltd, whose registered office for several
years was 18 Gascoigne St, the Lone Legion's
old gang house. It was pulled down in 2007
after a murder.
could not be contacted by the Express this
morning, but earlier this year he said the
new building was a warehouse and would be
rented out when it was finished.
said they had heard that motorcycles would
be stored in the building, but Mr Turnbull
would not give any more details.
consent for the warehouse shows that it cost