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NSW premier urged to outlaw Hells Angels

3:39pm February 22, 2013


NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell should outlaw the Hells Angels bikie gang following reports gang members have been forcibly recruiting school children in shopping centres, the state opposition says.
Police in Sydney's northwest say they have been aware for more than six months of at least one Hells Angel member and his associates forcing teens as young as 16 into crime with threats of violence.

Children threatened by the group are recruited on the outskirts of shopping centres, mainly for drug peddling.

Opposition Leader John Robertson said despite escalating gang-related violence on Sydney's streets the NSW government has failed to outlaw a single bikie gang.

"Families in northwest Sydney are fearing for their school-aged children because the bikie gangs are being allowed to run riot," Mr Robertson said.

He said police had wanted to declare the Hells Angels bikie gang a criminal organisation since April last year.

"The Hells Angels should be banned and banned today," he said.

"The premier has the power to declare these bikie gangs outlawed and stop them from terrorising young people in western Sydney - why isn't he using it?"

But a spokeswoman NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith said Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione had advised the premier in November last year to await the outcome of a High Court decision on similar legislation in Queensland.

"At his request the NSW government will await the outcome of this challenge before progressing the bill currently before the NSW parliament," she said in a statement.

"The NSW government is committed to giving the NSW Police Force the best possible powers to crack down on outlaw motorcycle gang violence."

The NSW government introduced the Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Act in 2009 following the death of Hells Angel associate, Anthony Zervas, during a violent brawl at Sydney Airport.

But in 2011 the bikies secured a High Court ruling that the tough law designed to break up their clubs was invalid.


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