Gold Coast Hells Angels abandon Gold Coast clubhouse
- The Courier-Mail
- October 23, 2013
Removalists and police have been seen at the notorious gang's heavily-fortified clubhouse in Lemana Lane at Burleigh Heads in recent days.
A neighbour said police removed surveillance cameras and other equipment from the premises this morning.
"There were a fair few police there and I noticed the cameras were gone,'' he said.
Former Bandidos national sergeant-at-arms John Fahey defected to the Hells Angels to recruit new members for the Coast chapter which was spearheaded by gang heavyweights Peter Sidirourgos and Zeljko "Steve'' Mitrovic.
Mitrovic was shot dead in Sydney in January.
In May, a newly-opened Burleigh Heads tattoo parlour linked to the Hells Angels was firebombed.
The Bandidos moved out of their Mermaid Beach clubhouse at the weekend.
Meet the MP who won't bend to bikie rules
Warren Entsch, the federal member for the north Queensland seat of Leichhardt, says he wouldn't sell his Harley "for quids" and will continue to sport his Vietnam Vets motorcycle club jacket "with a great deal of pride".
Mr Entsch said he could understand why police and the State Government wanted to rid Queensland of criminal gangs, but admits he would be unhappy if he was pulled over by officers during the statewide bikie blitz.
"I would be disappointed if I was pulled over and put through the wringer," Mr Entsch said.
"I understand where they're coming from, but there needs to be a level of discretion."
The Vietnam Vets club patron bought his 1995 Heritage Softail as a present to himself after winning his first election term in 1996 and loves nothing more than a group ride with fellow club members.
His comments come as Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Commissioner Ian Stewart, who were both in Cairns yesterday, continue to lay down the bikie law.
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- additional reporting by Grace Uhr