Outlaw motorcycle gang members party
late into the night at the new Hells Angels clubhouse in
Seaford. Photo: Wayne Hawkins
Police were on high alert in Melbourne's
south east on Saturday night as the Hells Angels celebrated the
opening of a new clubhouse.
A band was blasting loud heavy metal, and
party-goers could be seen sitting around fires burning in metal
drums outside the clubhouse in Patrick Court, Seaford, where as
many as 200 outlaw motorcycle gang members from across Victoria
The new clubhouse had been the target of a
drive-by shooting in June when a number of shots were fired at
Police road blocks check car and
motorbikes into and out of the Hells Angels party.
Photo: Wayne Hawkins
On Saturday night, dozens of police,
including covert officers, saturated the usually quiet street,
Bardia Avenue, where they had set up road blocks in both
directions either side of Patrick Court.
Officers at the road blocks stopped and
scoured every vehicle coming through, and frisked passengers
before letting them pass.
A Victoria Police spokesman confirmed
several units had closely monitored Saturday night's event.
The hundreds of party-goers seemed
undeterred after police crashed preparations a day earlier
during a raid on the clubhouse, seizing a large amount of
The warrant was executed at 11am on Friday
as part of the ongoing Operation Resound, which is designed to
manage conflict between outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Operation Resound was set up in March in
response to the attempted murder of Bandidos enforcer Toby
The Bandidos declared war on the Hells
Angels days after Toby Mitchell and another member were ambushed
in Melton on March 1.
Chief Commissioner of police Ken Lay said
in May that Operation Resound police had executed about 35
warrants and arrested 25 people on a range of offences including
drug and firearm charges.