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Police raid Rebels Motorcycle Club's temporary base in Christchurch

The Rebels Motorcycle Club has set up a temporary base at a Christchurch home, after it was forced out of its old warehouse headquarters last month.

Police raided a property in Aranui on Wednesday and found furnishings from the old gang pad crammed into a bedroom.

They also seized a cut-down shotgun and a .22 rifle.

The Rebels' gang pad in Vagues Rd, Christchurch, before it was abandoned last month.
 

The Rebels' gang pad in Vagues Rd, Christchurch, before it was abandoned last month.

 

Two members of the Rebels were at the property.

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Proposed anti-consorting laws for bikies dropped over human rights concerns

The ACT government has ditched its proposal to prevent bikies from consorting, saying it has struggled to draft laws that satisfy police while respecting human rights.
 

Attorney-General Simon Corbell, who will not recontest his seat at the October election, said he had too little time left as minister to strike a satisfactory balance between the competing priorities.

However, he said the government would revisit the issue if it was re-elected and he would announce new funding soon to help police crack down on outlaw gangs.

Thousands of bikies descended on Canberra in 2014 against what they called draconian legislation in NSW and Queensland.

Thousands of bikies descended on Canberra in 2014 against what they called draconian legislation in NSW and Queensland. Photo: Brendan Esposito

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Former Hells Angel Villy Roy Lynnerup facing new charges

A former Hells Angel who was once convicted of trying to take a loaded gun through airport security is wanted by police again.

New charges were laid July 5 against Villy Roy Lynnerup.

The 52-year-old is facing two assault charges, one count each of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and mischief.

All offences are alleged to have occurred June 19 in Langley.

A warrant was issued for his arrest Monday. He is described as being 5-foot-9 and 260 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. 

Lynnerup was a longtime member of the White Rock chapter of the notorious biker gang.

In April 2006, he was arrested at the Vancouver International Airport after security screeners noticed a semi-automatic pistol in his black carry-on bag when it was being X-rayed.

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Enhanced police presence in the Capital Region during Hells Angels gathering

OTTAWA — Ottawa Police, Gatineau Police,, the OPP, and the Sûreté du Québec are joining forces to keep an eye on a Hells Angels gathering happening over the weekend in Carlsbad Springs.

More than 500 Hells Angels motorcycle riders are expected to be in the area from July 22 to 24.

“This event will result in a large increase in the number of motorcycles on our roads,” said Ottawa Police Inspector Michel Marin, with the Emergency Operations Directorate. “This is a reminder to all road users to share the road and respect speed limits.”

There enhanced police presence will pay special attention to the Carlsbad Springs area, which is where the bikers are gathering.

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Shooter gets resentencing for 2013 slaying outside Philly biker gang club

Man reportedly opened fire outside clubhouse after getting kicked out

The man convicted of fatally shooting a member of a Philadelphia biker gang outside the group's West Philadelphia clubhouse will have his sentence revised, according to a Tuesday court ruling.

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that part of Daniel Tucker's sentence will be vacated and his case remanded to Common Pleas Court for resentencing for the incident that played out in the early morning hours of Jan. 6, 2013.

But since Tucker's legal win only affects one of the many charges for which he was convicted, he will likely still spend at least 35 years in prison for the bloody scene that occurred outside the 61st and Market street clubhouse of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Wheels of Soul Motorcycle Club.

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Mongol Mark Graham loses final appeal over attempted murder of Bandido Jacques Teamo

A Mongols bikie who claims he acted in self-defence when he gunned down a Bandido rival at a busy Gold Coast shopping centre in 2012 has lost his final bid to have his attempted murder charge quashed.

An innocent passer-by was injured in the crossfire and shoppers were sent fleeing when, on a busy Saturday afternoon in late April 2012, Mark James Graham strode into the Robina shopping centre and opened fire on rival gang member Jacques Teamo.

Graham, who sports the facial tattoos “carnage”, “revenge” and the bikie tag “1%” was visiting family members on the Gold Coast from his Victorian base, when in what was described as a “chance encounter” he spotted Bandidos member Teamo in a store.

CCTV footage then captured the entire incident, in which the Gold Coast’s simmering bikie war was thrust jarringly into the public realm.

As Graham and Teamo became engaged in a tense standoff, shoppers continued to walk past them.

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Hells Angels still a significant force in B.C. despite the recent death of a member

As B.C. Hells Angels mourn the recent death of a member of the West Point chapter, police say the biker gang remains a significant criminal force in the province.

Bjorn Sylvest died July 3 while on a houseboat on the Shuswap Lake, Barb McLintock, of the B.C. Coroners Service, confirmed.

“The death of Mr. Sylvest was reported to us and we are investigating,” she said.

Sylvest was remembered last week by his fellow Hells Angels and other pals at a service in south Surrey. 

And they paid tribute to the 35-year-old heavy-duty mechanic Thursday with a procession of 200 to 300 bikers riding from the White Rock Hells Angels clubhouse to the Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre.

Among the mourners were bikers wearing patches of the Hells Angels, the Throttle Lockers, the Shadow Club, the Jesters, the Devil’s Army, the Castaways, the Ironworkers Motorcycle Club and the Horsemen Brotherhood. 

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Federal court case targets biker group’s ‘colors’

WASHINGTON

Federal prosecutors are revving up efforts to seize the trademarks of motorcycle clubs in California and possibly the Midwest in a renewed effort to target the groups’ colorful “patches” that members wear on their jackets and vests.

A First Amendment obstacle course still could lie ahead, experts warn, as officials go after organizations with names like the “Mongols” and the misspelled “Devils Diciples.” But in new legal filings, prosecutors are keeping alive tactics begun during the presidency of George W. Bush to cripple the groups by seizing their assets.

In a July 11 appellate court filing, prosecutors wrote that “a select group of the gang, so-called ‘full-patched’ members,” had obtained federal trademark protection for “two marks used by the gang to identify members and to terrorize enemies.” The filing called the Mongols’ registration “an audacious, novel move.”

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Lawyers for bikers charged in Waco shooting want DA removed

WACO, Texas (AP) — Two attorneys defending bikers charged in last year’s shooting outside a Waco restaurant that left nine dead say the local district attorney should be removed from the case.

KWTX-TV in Waco reported Monday that the attorneys allege McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna has a financial incentive to pursue cases against the bikers. They argue Reyna is pressing a flawed prosecution because he’s personally named in a civil lawsuit filed by the bikers.

They are calling for a special prosecutor to handle the cases.

Reyna has declined requests for comment.

The May 2015 shooting outside a Twin Peaks restaurant left 20 people injured. More than 150 people have been indicted on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, a felony.

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HA clubhouse 'frozen'

The Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse will remain frozen pending a 2017 trial.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Barry Davies sided with the B.C. director of civil forfeiture in his ruling released Friday to freeze the Hells Angels assets in Vancouver and Kelowna until the end of the trial, scheduled to start in May 2017.

This means all the lands and structures situated at 3598 East Georgia Street in Vancouver and the lands and structures situated at 837 Ellis Street in Kelowna, along with any proceeds from the two locations, must remain frozen.

The 2017 trial will represent the final stage of a nine-year civil forfeiture battle between the Hells Angels and the B.C. government.

The case stems from legal action by the Director of Civil Forfeiture office, seeking the forfeiture of three HA clubhouses under the Civil Forfeiture Act.

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