TOOWOOMBA members of Life and Death Motorcycle
Club have been told to either hand in their club patches or go
Chapter president Tony "Bones" Lowe expected
to renounce his membership to the club today in a bid to avoid
He sold his business Gatton Tattoos to his son
last week as new bikie laws made it illegal for any member of 26
outlaw clubs to work at a tattoo parlour.
The shop has been under continuous police
surveillance since Thursday.
His house has also been under watch with
officers "taking details of any cars coming and going".
"Bones" and his partner spent the weekend in
Brisbane, but received regular reports from customers and
friends about the strong police presence.
Police keep surveillance over
Gatton Tattoos, owned by Life and Death Motorcycle Club
chapter president Tony "Bones" Lowe until he sold it to his
son last week. Police across the state have been told to
keep a visible presence outside gang-affiliated tattoo
parlours which have been made off-limits to members.
A barrister has told members to publicly quit
the club, though further advice is expected today.
"My blokes don't deserve to get 25 or 15
years' for nothing... they've got families," Bones said.
"I wouldn't really tell any of them they can't
leave, because I don't want to see them locked up."
"To actually fight it would cost us $70,000.
"They're saying we've got all this illegal
"If we were a criminal organisation, we could
afford the lawyers to do it.
"I've got no rights now.
"It's amazing for Australia in 2013... you
think that if you don't break the law, you've got nothing to
"Well I don't, and I've got plenty to worry
Life and Death's logo patch
features a heart punctured by a sword, with a snake around
it and the words "Live to Ride".
Darling Downs district crime group officer
Detective Acting Inspector Paul McCusker said stake-outs at
known bikie stamping grounds would continue.
The State Government's new Vicious Lawless
Association Disestablishment laws make it illegal for motorcycle
gang associates to enter clubhouses or meet in groups of three
Three members have left their motorcycles at
Life and Death's James St clubhouse, but will face mandatory
six-month jail terms if they set foot on the premises to
"We are now duty-bound and we will be
enforcing the powers and the legal requirements of the acts,"
Det. Act. Insp. McCusker said.
Life and Death's logo patch features a heart
punctured by a sword, with a snake around it and the words "Live