keep close watch on Ballarat as bikies visit
BY JORDAN OLIVER
25 Sep, 2011 11:07 PM
POLICE hit Ballarat’s
streets in force on Saturday night for a
high-visibility public order operation, coinciding
with a visit from the Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Club.
While Victoria Police
would not confirm the gathering was a prelude to any
increased bikie presence in Ballarat, they said they
would continue to maintain increased vigilance over
any potential illegal activities.
As part of the
operation, a Victoria Police marked camera van was
parked for extended periods in the northbound lane
of Doveton Street, with a clear view down Grainery
Men wearing colours
and insignia representing the Finks Motorcycle Club
and its supporter groups were seen coming and going
from a red-brick building in Grainery Lane during
the day and into the night.
Several men bearing
the club’s insignia also stood at the entrance to
Grainery Lane for much of the night.
divisional superintendent Andrew Allen said there
was no confirmation the Finks were establishing a
chapter in Ballarat.
He also said it was
the “first time there’s been any activity from them”
in the area.
“I can confirm that a
number of people who we believe to be part of the
Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Club were visiting a
location in Ballarat on Saturday night,” he said.
“We believe they’re
from a Melbourne chapter.”
said police were aware of the visit well in advance
and involved the state’s bikie-gang taskforce to
assist with the high-visibility police operation.
“We received some
intelligence that suggested members of the Finks
might be going to visit Ballarat, so we involved
Taskforce Echo,” he said.
“The use of the marked
police camera van was to prevent and detect offences
and it has been quite successful in the past.”
the Finks’ members
“kept to themselves” and did not cause any trouble,
but police detected other offences during the
“We issued a number of
penalty notices in relation to traffic offences and
one man was given a summons to appear at the
Ballarat Magistrates Court at a later date,” he