Hells Angels erect picket fence that would not shame Toorak

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The Hells Angels new white picket fence in Thomastown. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano

The Hells Angels new white picket fence in Thomastown. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano Source: News Corp Australia

THE Hells Angels now have a Melbourne home with a white picket fence.

The new fence is part of a “Federation-style villa’’ renovation to the infamous Nomads clubhouse in Thomastown, home of some of its most infamous members.

The fence, made of steel, replaces reinforced red gum sleepers — considered almost impenetrable to gunfire.

In December, the club’s hierarchy agreed to remove or modify the bulk of their fortifications and security equipment after Victoria Police applied under anti-fortification laws to have them removed.

It was speculated the court battle would go all the way to the High Court if it was not settled.

Under the anti-fortification laws, if police suspect premises are being used for organised criminal activity they can get a court order to remove fortifications such as thick steel gates, barbed wire fences and security cameras.

 

The Hells Angels’ Thomastown headquarters before the white picket fence was erected. Pict

The Hells Angels’ Thomastown headquarters before the white picket fence was erected. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano. Source: News Limited

Police alleged the clubhouse had been used to conceal a specific crime.

It was the first time police had applied for a removal order under the new laws and it came as clubhouses of its own gang and their rivals came under gunfire and bomb attacks last year.

Among the fortifications the club agreed to remove were sharpened spikes on its gate, a steel door entrance, night vision and other cctv cameras that viewed the street, infra-red sensors, metal sheets on windows and barbed wire.

The new plans, outlined, by David Grace QC at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, prompted Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg to comment the bikie stronghold would be “taking on the appearance of a Toorak mansion.”

 

The Hells Angels’ Thomastown headquarters before the white picket fence was erected. Pict

The Hells Angels’ Thomastown headquarters before the white picket fence was erected. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano. Source: News Limited

Based on these photos, the Lipton Dve clubhouse is not quite there.

Beanie wearing mannequins to scare off potential raiders are still prominent on the fence and roofline, but there wasn’t a Hells Angel within sight this week.

Among its most notorious members, who are now considered part of the Hells Angels’ “Big House Crew’’, are jailed CBD gunman Christopher Wayne Hudson and Ali Chaouk.

The clubhouse has been the scene of tortures and numerous police raids.

Members of the HA’s Nomads were implicated in the murder of Bendigo mother Vicki Jacobs in June, 1999.

That crime remains unsolved.

 

The Hells Angels’ new white picket fence at their Thomastown headquarters. Picture: Carme

The Hells Angels’ new white picket fence at their Thomastown headquarters. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano Source: News Corp Australia

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