Hells Angels starts a new chapter in one of Palmerston North's richest streets

An infamous bike gang is keeping its neighbours awake with late-night parties, as the newly-formed chapter makes its presence felt on one of Palmerston North's most affluent streets.

Hells Angels members have converged on the city from Auckland and Whanganui. 

The new chapter, on Albert St, between College and Ferguson streets, promised to be good neighbours and planned to host a BBQ for those who live nearby.

Late night parties have been keeping the neighbours awake at night.


But the open night hasn't happened yet and one woman, whose son lives in the area, says the Hells Angels are partying hard.


One Nation endorses ex-Hells Angel

One Nation has endorsed a former Hells Angel as a candidate for the upcoming Queensland election.

Scott Bannan is contesting the seat of Logan at the next state election, and has been up front about his former membership of a motorcycle club outlawed in Queensland, party leader Steve Dickson says.

'He's a family man. He's a three times world champion Muay Thai kickboxer. He's got his huge businesses down in the Logan area. I think the Labor candidate is absolutely terrified he's running,' Mr Dickson has told ABC radio.

One Nation has endorsed a former Hells Angel as a candidate for the upcoming Queensland election.

Acquittal of Hells Angels biker sends ‘strong message’ to police, lawyer says

KITCHENER — A ruling by Ontario's highest court quashing gun and drug trafficking convictions against a member of the Hells Angels sends a "strong message" to police, the biker's defence lawyer says.

"It tells police officers across the country that they cannot engage in unlawful conduct in carrying out investigations," James Lockyer said in an interview Thursday.

"And if they do, any evidence they obtain as a result of their unlawful conduct will be excluded from court and will not be allowed to be heard by the court. So it's a strong message, and I think it's an important message."

In 2014, Frank Strauss, who grew up in Kitchener and is a full-patch member of the Hells Angels in London, Ont., was convicted in a judge-alone trial of 17 offences.

Strauss, 41, walked out of prison a free man on Tuesday after the Ontario Court of Appeal entered verdicts of acquittals on all counts. It did not order a new trial.


Ontario’s top court finds police violated rights of Hells Angels member

Even biker gangs have privacy rights that need to be respected, Ontario’s highest court has ruled in a case in which police found guns, drugs, cash and ammunition behind a fake wall in a barn leased to a member of the Hells Angels. Police, acting on a tip about the fake wall, obtained a warrant to conduct the search. But earlier in their investigation, police had picked a lock and broken into the same barn – with no warrant.

In a 3-0 decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal quashed multiple convictions against Frank Strauss of Perth County, west of Kitchener, Ont., for which he had been sentenced to 11 years in jail. The court said the justice system’s reputation needs to be protected from what it described as blatantly illegal police behaviour. The Canadian government had argued that the case was especially serious because the Hells Angels are a criminal organization, and that the public deserved to have the evidence heard.


Hells Angels act like angels in Calgary

Police say it was a relatively quiet weekend on city streets even with hundreds of Hells Angels motorcycle gang members in town to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Calgary chapter.

Just two members of the motorcycle club were ticketed for minor traffic infractions, police said.

"It went as we had expected. It was fairly quiet. Just a couple summonses written," said Supt. Cliff O'Brien.

Calgary police warned the public last Thursday that around 500 bikers would be rolling into town to gather for a weekend of partying in part to mark 20 years since the patch-over ceremony when the Hells Angels took over from the Alberta Grim Reapers. 

Hells Angels from across Canada are in Calgary this weekend


Hells Angels tight lipped on weekend plans in Calgary

About 500 Hells Angels motorcycle gang members are expected in Calgary this weekend, but they’re not answering any questions about what they’ll be doing in the city.

A group of about 30 Hells Angels spent much of the morning at the Harley-Davidson store near the Calgary International Airport. Wearing patches identifying them as belonging to chapters from Ontario and Quebec, the gang members spoke with Harley-Davidson employees and wandered around perusing the merchandise.

A group of about a half-dozen stood outside the front entrance, keeping an eye on who was coming and going. Leather-jacket clad members showing up on motorcycles were met with shouted greetings and bear hugs. The occasional non-member walked by them into the store darting nervous glances from side to side, but the Hells Angels were all smiles.


Female cop screams at Hell’s Angels gang as they surround officers trying to arrest biker

(video and pic gallery)--Female cop screams at Hell’s Angels gang as they surround officers trying to arrest biker for stopping traffic so they could cross junction

Dramatic footage shows two officers frogmarching the biker to the side of the road

THIS is the tense moment cops are confronted by a gang of Hells Angels members as officers tried to arrest a biker.

Video from the scene shows two officers taking the biker to the side of the road.

But as they appear to grapple with the suspect, several bikers wearing the gang’s trademark leather approach and one shouts: “Back off, back away.”

A female officer then screams at the biker gang to get back.

The bikers, wearing helmets and jackets with the name Hells Angels England and Northern Ireland emblazoned on the back, refuse to budge.

One biker is pushed away as the female officer shouts: “Get back.”


REAL SCOOP: Hells Angel David Giles dies months after record sentence

Just three months after he was sentenced for his role in a major international cocaine conspiracy, a senior member of the Hells Angels has died.

David Giles, 67, passed away Canada Day in Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

He had been an inmate at the Pacific Institution, acting assistant warden Ronnie Gill said.

Giles had been ill throughout his trial in B.C. Supreme Court for conspiracy to import and traffic cocaine.

He was convicted last September, but only sentenced on March 31, 2017 after he fought unsuccessfully to have the case thrown out due to the length of time the case took to get to trial.

Justice Carol Ross handed Giles an 18-year sentence, minus credit for time served for a net term of just over 11 years.  


RIVERSIDE: Vehicle description released in motorcycle gang shooting

RIVERSIDE – Police today released a description of a vehicle they believe is connected to a fatal shooting at a Riverside gas station in May, and sought the public’s help in locating the suspect.

The shooting happened at 10:28 p.m. on May 21 at a Shell gas station located at 3502 Adams St., Riverside police said.

There, officers found five members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang near the pumps. One of the members, James Duty, 31, was shot multiple times and later died at Riverside Community Hospital, according to Officer Ryan Railsback.

Another member was shot in the helmet he was wearing but was unscathed.

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from surrounding businesses that showed the suspect vehicle, which they described as a silver four-door sedan with black rims. Police believe the car to be a 2012 to 2014 Nissan Versa or Chevy Cruze.


U.S. attorney: Two biker gang members among those arrested on federal drug charges

CONCORD - Two motorcycle gang members are among four men arrested on federal drug trafficking charges, Acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley announced Friday.

According to federal criminal complaints filed in U.S. District Court on Friday:

Alleged Hells Angel Motorcycle Club member James Cunningham, 60, of Laconia, is charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Alleged Milford & Company Motorcycle Club President Harry Bolton, 63, of Weare, is charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.

Kenneth Bailey, 52, of Weare is charged with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.

Timothy Raxter, 52, of Tilton is charged with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.