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Police fear bikie war after alleged assault


POLICE fear a revenge attack from the Coast's biggest bikie gang after the Bandidos and Rebels came to blows in a Surfers Paradise nightclub.

A long-running feud between the two clubs erupted late last week when a member of the Rebels allegedly broke the nose of the Bandidos' sergeant-at-arms at a popular Gold Coast strip club.

The Bandido immediately called for reinforcements, with at least seven members searching nearby clubs for the Rebel member who had disappeared.

In Southport Magistrates Court yesterday, prosecutors said Joshua Leigh Downey, a patched Bandido member, stormed into Blush nightclub with associates an hour after allegedly being attacked by the Rebel at Hollywood Showgirls.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kristy Johnson said Downey's actions were "planned and premeditated".

Downey, 29, entered the nightclub with intent "to overwhelm and intimidate, by sheer numbers, the security of the club and assault the male in retaliation to being assaulted earlier", she said.

"The level of intimidation was that, that security did not attempt to confront or eject them from the club."

Downey, who left the club before police arrived, allegedly damaged glass doors as he left.

Police allege the group of Bandidos incited fear into club patrons, staff and security. Prosecutors yesterday objected to bail being granted because of Downey's connections to the Bandidos bikie club, possession of drugs and the discovery of a weapon at his home.

"Police fear this type of provocation could lead to backlash and increase in violence between the two clubs," Sen-Const Johnson said.



Defence lawyer Campbell MacCallum said outside court police "may be jumping the gun", squashing concerns a bikie war could erupt.

"I think the public can be rest assured that there is nothing of that nature or that it is brewing in the community at this stage," Mr MacCallum said.

The court was told police searched Downey's home, less than 200 metres from Blush nightclub, on New Year's Day.

Police allegedly found 2.94 grams of cocaine in several bags inside a Coke can in his bathroom along with more than $7000 in cash, an extendable baton and three ecstasy tablets.

Downey was charged with 11 offences.

They are six counts of possessing dangerous drugs, possess tainted property, possess utensils or pipes, possess weapons, assault or obstruct police and enter premises with intent.

Downey was granted bail and is to reappear in court on February 16.

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