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From: Townsville Bulletin
January 09, 2012
OUTLAW motorcycle gangs are said to be looking north for new turf following a crackdown on gangs in south-east Queensland.
Sources close to bikie gangs have told The Townsville Bulletin the resources boom may also lead to an influx of gang members in Townsville, as bikies move north to capitalise on increased work opportunities.
Turf wars have been simmering below the surface in Townsville for some time, with occasional flare-ups when new groups arrive in town.
A year ago, an attempt by Rock Machine to establish themselves in Townsville was met with opposition. The notoriously violent gang was forced out of Townsville after a reported brawl in the car park of Irish Finnegan's in Condon.
It is understood the Rebels forced the club members out of town and they are no longer operating in Townsville. The Rock Machine and Rebels motorcycle clubs are reportedly the instigators of an ongoing war in Western Australia.
Last week, a memo was published outlining police concerns about the prospect of an escalation in the war between the Bandidos and Rebels bikie gangs on the Gold Coast.
And former Queenslander of the Year and prominent Brisbane policeman Sergeant Jim Bellos warned on his Facebook page: "Parents: keep your kids away from Gold Coast nightclubs. These gangs don't mess around and use guns ... so we don't want our kids to be inside one of these nightclubs when this goes down."
- with AAP