Bikies from rival gangs join forces to set up first chapter of Nomads in Tasmania

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In what appears to be a sign of unrest between existing bikie gangs in Tasmania, police intelligence suggests members of rival clubs are breaking away to set up a new Nomads chapter.

It is the seventh outlaw bikie gang to lay a stake on the state.

Rival gangs the Devil's Henchmen, the Satan's Riders, the Black Uhlans, the Outlaws, the Rebels and the Bandidos already call Tasmania home.

Now police intelligence suggests a new Nomads chapter is forming, but where it will locate itself is not yet known.

The Nomads is an established gang on the mainland, with chapters in Sydney and Newcastle in New South Wales and Adelaide in South Australia.

It is the first time the gang has been active in Tasmania.

Police Commissioner Darren Hine refused to reveal specifics of where the club was looking to establish its first chapter, or confirm it was the Nomads.

"We are aware another group coming to Tasmania," he said.

"And again, we're concerned with any outlaw motorcycle gang that is coming to Tasmania or operating within Tasmania."

Police believe a number of former members of other clubs — including the Rebels and the Outlaws — are behind the move to set up the new chapter.

Sam Ibrahim, brother of Kings Cross nightclub boss Johnny Ibrahim, is a former president of the Nomad's Granville chapter in Sydney and remains a life member.

In February, he was sentenced to nine years' jail for conspiring to supply prohibited firearms in Sydney.

Bikies 'not coming to Tasmania for the weather'

News that the Nomads were looking to set up shop in Tasmania came as the first part of the state's tough bikie laws — banning bikies from wearing their club colours in public — passed Parliament this week.

Police said there were now more than 260 members of outlaw motorcycle gangs in Tasmania — more than in South Australia.

"We're still going through to ascertain who that group is and why that group is here," Commissioner Hine said.

"We will continue to monitor that group to see if they are considering setting up here and what their intentions are.

"I've said before, and I've said during the parliamentary briefings that these outlaw motorcycle groups aren't coming to Tasmania for the weather.

"We know they are coming here to set up criminal enterprise networks and we want to make sure the Tasmanian community is well protected against these groups.

"We've been quite open — we don't want outlaw motorcycle gangs in Tasmania, especially those ones we know are involved in criminal activity, and Tasmania is not open for business and Tasmania is not open for criminal outlaw motorcycle gangs."

New laws designed to 'disrupt' gangs

The Tasmanian Government wants to introduce laws that would stop bikies from associating with each other and known criminals.

That legislation is yet to be introduced to Parliament, but it would not stop new gangs coming to Tasmania because it is not a blanket ban on outlaw motorcycle clubs.

The new and proposed laws would require the Police Minister to specifically identify and list those gangs who are unable to wear their colours in public and associate.

"We've charged many members of the various outlaw motorcycle gangs with drug activity, trafficking and all sorts of crime," Commissioner Hine said.

"We know, and there's good evidence to suggest and to prove, that they are involved in drug trafficking, distribution.

"These laws that have just been passed [and have not been enacted yet] are about them not wearing their colours within Tasmania in a public place.

"It's about disrupting, it's about curbing their recruitment activities as well and to make sure that they don't create fear in a public place by wearing their colours."

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