Sources say David 'Hammer' Macdonald is putting elements of an outlaw biker gang in place in the province

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He’s known in London as a longtime outlaw biker who helped change the criminal landscape of the city.

Now, David ‘Hammer’ Macdonald is being held responsible for bringing the Hells Angels back to Nova Scotia.

Police say the London biker helped about 15 members of the Gatekeepers, a puppet club, move a key step closer to becoming full patch Hells Angels by awarding them hang-around status in June. The next step is becoming a prospect.

“He wouldn’t be going there to socialize,” biker analyst and author Yves Lavigne said of Macdonald’s reported presence in the province. “The Hells Angels is a franchise and someone gives them training.”

Macdonald might have been one of several mentors or a chapter godfather, “someone who keeps tabs on their moves, makes sure they get rid of weak members and makes sure they are doing things well.”

Macdonald has established a lengthy resume in creating outlaw biker clubs.

For years, he was a member of the Outlaws in London, bitter rivals to the Hells Angels.

With the Hells Angels moving into Ontario, Macdonald left his position as president of the London Outlaws and patched over to the rival club in 2001.

He took with him at least a half dozen other Outlaws, in an instant consolidating the Hells Angels control over London’s drug trafficking trade.

The move may have had national implications.

The Hells Angels had given an ultimatum to all Outlaws in Canada to join them or retire, with the secret deal surfacing for the first time in London, biker expert and former anti-biker police officer Guy Ouellette, said at the time.

When the Hells Angels in London put a sign outside their clubhouse, “Welcome aboard Hammer,” there were only a few days left until time ran out for the Outlaws across Canada to decide, Ouellette said.

Since then, Macdonald has continued to guide the growth of criminal groups in the city.

According to legal records, he established the H-Crew Motorcycle club — the H standing for Hammer.

In 2013, according the same documents, Macdonald oversaw the patch-over of many H-Crew members to the Gatekeepers.

According to news reports, the Hells Angels lost their foothold in Nova Scotia in the early 2000s after police arrested most members. In 2013, Gatekeepers chapters began to surface.

In early June, one of those chapters held a welcome back party for the Hells Angels.

Macdonald has family ties to Nova Scotia, according to Andrew Douglas, a Halifax Frank magazine writer who is investigating the status of Hells Angels hang-arounds in the province.

Macdonald is originally from Pictou County, N.S., and is a frequent visitor to his grandfather’s residence New Glasgow, N.S., Douglas says.

Douglas also writes that about 12 of the hang-around Hells Angels travelled to London in early May to “kiss the hands of his new masters,” and returned with black vests carrying a red and white patch that reads London.

Macdonald could not be reached for comment.

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