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

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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.

The clubhouse is located in the heart of New Glasgow situated between downtown businesses on one side and residential homes and churches on the other.

Lynne Lockhart, church administrator at Trinity United Church located on the corner of MacLean and Temperance streets said she first noticed something was going on when she stopped by the church at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

Services went as normal as did a concert that evening, but she said it created a bit of confusion for people about how to get to the church and park since MacLean Street is one that many people drive up.

Naturally the parishioners were full of questions as the entered the church.

“They were all concerned,” Lockhart said. “There were lots of rumours flying.”

Of course there was little information that the church was able to provide.

Lockhart said they’ve known the Gate Keepers were located near them, but haven’t had any trouble in the past.

“We’ve never had a problem with them.”

The Gate Keepers Motorcycle Club opened up a chapter in New Glasgow in 2014. While the clubhouse once had what appeared to be a store front and had a sign saying that it was Gate Keepers, in recent weeks, the windows have been painted black as well as the sign.

Police have previously said that the Gate Keepers are a support club of the Hell's Angels.

RCMP Cpl. Jadie Spence said the search is related to an ongoing investigation and that they're not releasing the nature of the investigation.

Police warned two years ago that the Hells Angels were trying to regain control of Nova Scotia from the existing Bacchus outlaw motorcycle gang, though some say that Bacchus is a Hells Angels puppet group too.

Gate Keepers motorcycle club set up shop along Highway 7 in Musquodoboit Harbour, CBC reported in April 2013. According to that news agency there are several Bacchus chapters in Atlantic Canada — one in Nova Scotia, three in New Brunswick, one in Prince Edward Island and two in Newfoundland.

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