HE'S the Gold Coast's
latest criminal problem child - the ''baby
Violent youth gangs with names
such as the Gold Coast Brotherhood and Soldiers of
Islam are springing up on the Glitter Strip as
''feeder groups'' for outlaw motorcycle clubs.
Police say few of the ''bikies on
training wheels'' actually ride motorcycles but are
causing mayhem, bashing innocent people and
committing other crimes in a bid to prove themselves
to senior bikies.
The Soldiers of Islam gang,
comprising mainly young Muslim men including former
Iraqi soldiers, is a feeder gang for the Bandidos
bikie gang while the Gold Coast Brotherhood is a
recruiting base for the Nomads.
Members of the Brotherhood were
allegedly involved in last month's wild street brawl
at the Cooly Rocks On nostalgia festival at
The brawl, also allegedly
involving trainees for the notorious Finks bikie
gang including former NRL player Anthony Watts, left
a 62-year-old bystander in hospital and a classic
car damaged. He was bashed after trying to
photograph the melee on his mobile phone.
The man charged with assaulting
him, Jacob Little, 22, was named in court as a
member of the Gold Coast Brotherhood.
Police say the Brotherhood have
been involved in various violent incidents on the
southern Gold Coast, including surf club and pub
Gold Coast police inspector Greg
Baade, who heads the southern Patrol Group, said the
Brotherhood formed in about 2009 but had become
''more active'' in the last two years. Police were
now cracking down on them as part of a war on outlaw
Insp Baade said the gang had at
least 16 members, ''a number of them known to
''As a general rule, they don't
own or ride motorbikes but they do have meetings at
various premises around the Coolangatta/Palm Beach
area,'' he said.
''They call themselves the Gold
Coast Brotherhood or GCB and also use the numbers
'14' and '732' as gang logos, some of which they
''Both uniform and plain clothes
staff are actively targeting members of various
groups including this one.''
The Gold Coast Brotherhood is the
latest youth gang to emerge on the southern Gold
Coast, where gangs including the 'Palmy (Palm Beach)
Army' and Coomicubs - a one-time feeder group for
the Lone Wolf bikie club - have run riot in the
Police have compiled detailed
intelligence not just on the Gold Coast's nine main
bikie gangs but also on their ''youth wings''.
Insp Baade said the new Mobile
Deployment Group, ''a flying squad'' of
battle-hardened police targeting crime across the
Coast, had been tasked for a ''zero tolerance''
crackdown on bikie feeder gangs.
He also called on pub and club
operators to ''take a strong stance and not allow
these types of people into their premises''.