Toby Mitchell of the Bandidos bikie
gang. Picture: Nicole Garmston
Source: Herald Sun
A POTENTIALLY violent confrontation
was thwarted by police after dozens of Hells Angels
descended on an inner-city Bandidos-linked nightspot in a
suspected bid to find the culprits who shot up their new
The Herald Sun understands between 30
and 50 Hells Angels wearing colours arrived at a Fitzroy
nightclub last Saturday night, less than 48 hours after the HQ
of their new Darkside chapter in Seaford had been riddled with
up to 30 bullets, fired from a high-calibre weapon.
But urgent calls from the public almost
certainly thwarted a brutal "run through" of the club.
Police sources say there are suspicions the
Angels were looking for Bandidos boss Toby Mitchell.
The anti-bikie Echo Taskforce is investigating
There have been clear signs that tensions
remain high between the gangs in the aftermath of an ambush on
Bandidos by Hells Angels in Melton on March 1, leaving Mitchell
and another member with bullet wounds.
The escalation comes as the Hells Angels
prepare to host an opening party with its feeder club the Red
Devils to officially mark its turf on the Mornington Peninsula.
Darkside, the Hells Angels' fourth Victorian
chapter, will be supported by the Red Devils' Frankston chapter.
Victoria Police are aware of the June 29
party, which is likely to attract hundreds of bikies and
associates from Victoria and across the nation. The force says
it will have a large presence on the night to monitor the outlaw
bikies, which is set to include members from other affiliated
The Angels have been on a recruiting drive and
Darkside has several prospects yet to get their "colours".
It will be Australia's 19th Hells Angels
chapter and the first opened in Victoria since East County in
Campbellfield in 2003.