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Details on Gate Keepers in Nova Scotia

Police in Nova Scotia are keeping a close eye on the growing presence of bike gangs in the province which they say has steadily climbed in the last two years.

There are seven chapters of Gatekeepers in Nova Scotia and several other official motorcycle clubs, says RCMP Cpl. Mike Kerr of the combined forces special enforcement unit. He estimates there are about 50 members of the Gate Keepers and their associated clubs.

A photo showing some of the Gatekeeper members on one of the club's Facebook sites.

 

RCMP say there are Gate Keepers chapters in the following areas: Annapolis Royal, Kings County, Pictou County, South Shore, Eastern Shore, Cape Breton and Halifax.

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'Rumours flying:' police remain on scene after searching motorcycle gang clubhouse

No arrests have been made since police first executed the search warrant Sunday morning.

What we know:

• Police have been on scene since about 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

• Heavily armed police are guarding the perimeter.

• No arrests have been made.

• Police say it is related to an ongoing investigation.

What we don’t know:

• The nature of the investigation

• What has been found

• If it is connected to the larger rise of Gate Keepers in N.S.

RCMP spokesman Const. Mark Skinner said there is no new information to report Monday morning.

He could not give an estimated amount of time that the police will be on scene.

There have been no arrests yet, but that could change depending on the evidence that is found.

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The Bikers of Beirut

When the Hells Angels arrived in Beirut this spring, they showed up at the Four Seasons, located in the upscale neighborhood of Zaytouna Bay, whose clean and empty streets are sprinkled with high-end hotels and swim clubs. The unlikely setting was the site of the Harley-Davidson Owner’s Group (HOGs) annual general assembly. Given Harley-Davidson’s appeal to the upper middle class, the Four Seasons was not an unusual location for a HOGs event, but few expected the presence of the world’s most notorious motorcycle club.

Marwan Tarraf, the 47-year-old founder of Lebanon’s first Harley dealership, recognized the outlaws instantly because of their signifying tattoos and heavy chains. Approaching three “full-time” Angels, whom he assumed were Germans of Lebanese descent, he asked why they were there. When Angels expressed interest in opening a chapter in Beirut, he explained a few things about the country to them.

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Notorious bikie AJ Graham wins appeal against visa cancellation

One of Tasmania's most notorious bikies AJ Graham has won his Federal Court appeal against the Immigration Minister's decision to cancel his visa.

Graham was a founding member of the Rebels motorcycle gang in Tasmania and former president of the club's Kingston chapter.

Immigration minister Peter Dutton cancelled Graham's visa in June 2015 on character grounds, and the 48-year-old was detained as part of a major crackdown on Tasmania's bikies.

Justice Richard Tracey heard the appeal against the decision, and found Mr Dutton's personal decision under the Migration Act was invalid.

Justice Tracey quashed the decision to cancel AJ Graham's visa and ordered the Federal Government to pay his costs.

Wed
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NSW police target Rebels and Gladiators OMCG in two-day regional operation

The Gangs Squad’s Strike Force Raptor and the New England and Oxley Local Area Commands have targeted the Rebels and Gladiator Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG) in a two-day regional operation, NSW Police say.

From Tuesday 7 June to Wednesday 8 June 2016, officers conducted targeted business inspections, firearm prohibition order searches, firearms compliance checks and proactive highway operations in Armidale, Glen Innes, Tamworth and the surrounding areas.

They were provided assistance by the National Anti Gangs Taskforce which comprises the Australian Federal Police working together with state police jurisdictions to target the criminal activities of OMCGs.

Several people were arrested during the course of the two-day operation, with firearms, ammunition, drugs, fireworks, weapons, and a protected turtle seized.

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Edmonton Hells Angels investigation leads to 10 arrests, recovery of $1M in stolen property

Ten people have been arrested after an investigation into Edmonton’s Hells Angels motorcycle club led by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT).

“Project Al-Wheels” allege the club’s members and associates were involved in theft, re-vinning and trafficking of various stolen trailers and recreational vehicles. Re-vinning refers to the process of giving vehicles false ownership histories and identification numbers.

The investigation dates back to October 2015. A total of 15 search warrants were carried out in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Alberta Beach, Gunn, Onoway, Morinville, Legal, Ryley, Sherwood Park, Red Deer, St. Albert and Langley, B.C.

Over $1 million in stolen property and 21 firearms were seized in the investigation, including:

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Police raid Bandidos’ Brunswick clubhouse over shooting report

POLICE have raided a Bandidos clubhouse after reports of a shooting at the premises.

Officers searched the Bandidos clubhouse in Brunswick after a member of the public reported several shots being fired at the Weston Street property.

It is believed detectives seized several items, including a computer hard drive which is thought to store the clubhouse’s CCTV footage.

Victoria Police spokeswoman Creina O’Grady confirmed: “Police have executed a warrant at a Bandidos OMCG clubhouse in Brunswick following a report of a firearms incident overnight.

“Investigators have been told a number of shots were possibly fired into the Weston Street property. “

She added: “It’s believed no one was injured and the investigation is ongoing.”

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Biker gang member released from prison; one co-defendant awaiting trial in VFW shootout

Paul Wayne "The Dog" Smith, the former Warlocks motorcycle gang member who fired the first shots in a gun battle in a Winter Springs VFW parking lot that left three people dead, has been released from state prison.

Smith, 51, was acquitted by a Seminole County jury of three counts of murder two years ago after testifying that he acted in self-defense Sept. 30, 2012, when he opened fire on an unarmed member of a rival biker group, killing him.

But what jurors did not know was that Smith should never have had a gun.

He was a convicted felon, a group that's prohibited from having firearms. They also did not know that police found drugs in his pocket – methamphetamine. After his acquittal on three murder charges and two attempted murder charges, he pleaded no contest to the gun and drug charges.

He did the same to a weapons charge in Lake County, a charge he was already facing at the time of the VFW shooting.

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3 more bikers file civil rights lawsuits over Twin Peaks shootout arrests

Three more bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco filed a civil rights lawsuit Friday, claiming they were improperly arrested and denied due process.
Theron Rhoten, Jonathan Lopez and Ryan William Craft, all members of the Vice Grip Motorcycle Club from Travis County, bring the total of bikers who have filed civil lawsuits to 13.
 

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Internal conflicts could have led to Rebels bikie gang killing their own, Michael Davey

Rebels bikie gang member Michael Davey was known as the Prince of Penrith, a title that earned him the praise of friends and fellow bikies alike.

But it appears this sense of brotherhood may have faltered in his final hours: police are investigating whether his comrades were behind his execution.

Mr Davey – nicknamed Ruthless – was gunned down on home turf in Sydney's west on March 30.

The 30 year old had been a stone's throw from the home he shared with his girlfriend in Stafford Street, Kingswood, when someone opened fire.

He had been a well-known member of the Rebels bikie gang, members of which flocked in droves to pay their respects at his funeral.

Davey had been on the police radar since his late teens and was facing trial for drug supply when he was killed.

Tattoos across his body pledged an allegiance to the club but Fairfax Media understands Mr Davey wanted to leave the bikie fraternity.

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