Outlaw Motorcycle Gang “smitten” with Tasmania after weekend’s national run in Devonport

The Bandidos will try to meet the Mayor of Devonport today for a “debrief” about the bikie gang’s national ride at the weekend.

The national spokesman for the Bandidos, who goes by the name Grey Norman, said he would seek out a meeting with Steve Martin to canvass his thoughts on the club’s presence during the run.

The national run, which kicked off Friday morning in Devonport, came under close scrutiny by local and interstate police.

Bandidos started arriving last week ahead of the ride which peaked with about 250 members this weekend.

About 140 were expected to depart aboard the Spirit of Tasmania last night with others leaving via flights over coming days.

Police, who conducted a tight monitoring operation and had liaised with the Bandidos leadership for months before the ride, said there were no major incidents over the weekend.

About six Bandidos returned positive drug readings at roadside tests while police received some noise complaint and detected a few minor traffic violations.

Footage of a Bandido coming off his bike at speed has been posted to YouTube and another crash happened at Penguin.

“They stayed in side the parameters set by police who deployed significant resources,” Western Commander Jonathan Higgins said.

“The police operation went to plan.”

The Bandidos said they were pleased with how the run went.

“It’s not cool and staunch to praise the police but at the end of the day we were grateful in the way they assisted us in our motorcade,” Grey Norman said.

“I never heard a harsh word spoken by either side.”

The Bandidos have been based in Devonport since last year and are setting up prospect chapters in Hobart and Launceston.

Mr Norman said he knew of no other chapters planned for Tasmania.

“I’m not aware of any expansion strategy but I would like to think it’s possible,” he said.

“A lot of us are absolution smitten with the place and want to come back.”

He wanted to meet Devonport’s mayor in order to open “lines of communication”.

“If there are any opportunities to improve our relationship with the community we will seize the opportunity,” he said,

Tasmania Police regard the Bandidos as an “organised crime gang” which, like other Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, use tactics such as toy runs and charity rides to engineer a cloak of acceptability among the community.

Asked whether the Bandidos were on their best behaviour in Tasmania to enlist a level of community support Mr Norman replied:

“We don’t need to put on any performance to ... this is our how we roll.”

Rate this article: 
No votes yet
Country: 
Group / Club: 
News Article written by: 
PATRICK BILLINGS
Source of News article: 
themercury.com.au




Related Articles


Elk Hunt   Fly Fishing Guide
  Silver Stock
  Biker News

Disclaimer: The opinions in this article are solely those of the writer, and may not reflect the beliefs of anyone at the Biker News Network/Outlaw Biker World. This site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of political, human rights, economic, democracy, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement and is accessible on this site or through this service, you may notify our copyright agent, as set forth in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA). For your complaint to be valid under the DMCA, it must meet certain criteria, and you must Click Here to contact acting agent.