Wed
12
Jul

Revealed: The last movements of a bikie boss executed in his BMW

(video)--Police have released the last-known moments of senior bikie Ricky Ciano's movements, some five months after his dead body was discovered in the back seat of a car in NSW.

The body of 35-year-old Ciano was found in the back seat of a BMW on the side of a road on Valentines Day this year, near Oberon in the Central Tablelands, a day after he was reported missing by family.

On Thursday police said they had traced Mr Ciano's movements on the weekend before his death, and believe his car was parked from Sunday afternoon before the discovery of his body on the back seat the following Tuesday night.

Mr Ciano had been stopped on the Saturday for a traffic matter, and his BMW had been driven by him and others around Oberon prior to his death.

Thu
06
Jul

Police crackdown on Tweed bikie gangs

TWEED POLICE have carried out a series of property raids across the Tweed Shire in a coordinated crackdown on bikie gangs after recent violent acts were believed to be related to tension between rival clubs.

A member of the Tweed Heads chapter of the Lone Wolf Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) was charged in the cross-border operation on Thursday, July 6.

The raids were carried out by officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command under Strike Force Walenore with the assistance of the Gangs Squad’s Strike Force Raptor, Public Order Riot Squad, Queensland Police attached to Strike Force Maxima, and the Dog Unit.

The operations were designed to proactively target OMCGs in response to recent violent acts “believed to be related to tension between rival clubs,” police said in a joint media statement.

Sat
01
Jul

Rebels bikie sergeant-at-arms saved by police after brutal bashing from fellow gang members

STRAPPED to a chair with cable ties, bleeding profusely and fading in and out of consciousness, Rick Reynolds would likely be dead if not for the police.

Fellow bikie gang members, armed with a pickaxe, shovel, pliers, cricket bat and a gas burner for scorching off club tattoos, had ambushed the Rebels sergeant-at-arms outside a smash repair workshop, dragging him inside to finish the job.

There were three possible ­motives for the assault. One was a rumour that Reynolds (his real name has been suppressed) had been planning to leave the Rebels for a rival gang.

Another was an unsubstantiated claim that he was a police informant, based on the fact he’d repeatedly escaped jail for his crimes.

Sat
01
Jul

Bandidos pass initiation test in push for Tassie turf

A FEARED bikie gang is trying to strengthen its presence in Tasmania.

Bandidos gang members from across the globe have been congratulating their bikie comrades in Tasmania for making it to the next phase of their initiation to become a fully-fledged chapter of the outlaw organisation.

This is despite police targeting the group to limit its emergence locally, including evicting members from their clubhouse and conducting operations that led to several people being charged with assault, theft, drug and driving offences.

The development comes a year after the Mersey River chapter established itself in the state’s North-West, sparking fears of potential bikie feuds, ice manufacturing and drug trafficking.

Tasmania Police Serious Organised Crime Division Detective Inspector Glen Ball confirmed that mainland Bandidos members, including the group’s national president, were recently in Tasmania as part of the bikie gang’s initiation process.

Wed
28
Jun

Cops smash meth 'misery' bikie syndicate

A botched extortion attempt has resulted in NSW Police in Sydney uncovering a drug syndicate of bikies and Asian crime gangs that was allegedly planning to import and produce more than one tonne of ice.

NSW police said they were approached by a member of the syndicate in December 2016 following an extortion attempt by the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang - one of the groups within the network.

The police probe that followed drew in investigators from the NSW gangs squad, Australian Border Force officers and the Australian Federal Police-led anti-gang squads.

A shipping container was intercepted at Port Botany on Saturday.

Inside were 1.4 tonnes of ephedrine - the precursor chemical to methamphetamine.

It was enough to produce 13 million hits of the drug ice, and the seizure is the biggest of its kind in the nation's history.

Thu
22
Jun

Lone Wolf and Bandidos bikie turf war breaks out at Tweed Heads

(video)--A VIOLENT bikie brawl outside a Tweed Heads restaurant shattered Origin celebrations as families witnessed a turf war between rival gangs.

Eight minutes after kick-off, more than a dozen patched Lone Wolf and Bandidos bikies clashed outside Seagulls Club in front of patrons trying to enjoy the game.

Tweed police crime manager Brendon Cullen described the men as “thugs and hoodlums” and said the community would not be intimidated.

“They were intimidating families ... it is incredibly cowardly,” he said. “We will find out who these men are and when we do they will be banned from every establishment in our liquor accord area.

“Bikies think they own turf ... but we will not tolerate turf wars in this area.”

It is understood one gang was eating at the restaurant when a rival group turned up.

The confrontation quickly turned violent when one man was pushed against a wall, prompting a larger fight.

Tue
20
Jun

Finks bikie Adam Luke Gould found not guilty of Wallsend service station attack

A HIGH-RANKING Finks bikie has been found not guilty of attacking rival outlaw motorcycle gang members with a baseball bat during a wild brawl at a Wallsend service station.

Adam Luke Gould, 32, was acquitted of affray, using an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence and having custody of an implement in a public place in Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday after Magistrate Les Brennan found he could not be certain the person he saw on CCTV footage wielding a baseball bat was the heavily tattooed Mr Gould.

The brawl between the Finks and Nomads erupted about 8.10pm on December 9 last year when the gangs coincidentally arrived at service stations across the road from one another.

CCTV footage played during the hearing showed one of the Finks leading a group across the road towards the Nomads, while another member of the Finks removes a baseball bat from the backseat of his car and puts it down his pants. 

Sun
18
Jun

Violence fears rise as bikies join rival gang EXCLUSIVE, Grant Taylor

WA Police are on alert for a possible outbreak of bikie violence after the shock defection of a group of senior Rebels members to the gang’s arch rivals the Comancheros.

At least seven Rebels from the gang’s Rockingham chapter are believed to have jumped ship in recent months — a move considered to be a serious breach of the bikie “code” that insiders believe will not go unpunished.

Adding to the insult likely to be felt by the Rebels is the fact that the gang’s Eastern States chapters have been at war with the Comancheros for more than two years.

The feud, sparked by the bashing of a Comancheros leader by Rebels members, has led to a spate of tit-for-tat attacks including fire bombings and shootings.

Mon
12
Jun

Bandido loses prison appeal

A member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing a man and dumping his body in East Keilor has had his appeal against the severity of his sentence refused in the Supreme Court.

Luke Maybus was sentenced in March 2016 for the manslaughter of Michael Strike at the Bandidos’ Brunswick clubhouse in May, 2014. Two other co-accused have been sentenced for their roles in the death.

They did not appeal.

The court heard that on May 24, 2014, Mr Strike attended the Brunswick clubhouse and got into an argument with John Walker. During the argument Walker and Maybus pulled Mr Strike into the clubhouse.

Maybus, Walker and a third man then fatally assaulted Mr Strike, initially with their fists and then with a metal bar. The court heard the assault lasted several minutes.

Fri
09
Jun

Police have arrested a second man over the shooting of a suspected Mongols bikie member in St Clair

A SECOND man has been charged over the shooting of a suspected outlaw bikie in Adelaide’s west in February.

On Friday, Crime Gangs Task Force officers arrested a 26-year-old man, who is a suspected associate of the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang — the second man charged over the St Clair shooting.

The Northgate man was charged with aggravated serious criminal trespass, aggravated robbery and discharging a firearm.

The charges arise from an investigation into a shooting which occurred at St Clair on February 19, where a 24-year-old man — a suspected Mongols member — received a gunshot wound to the leg.

The arrested man was expected to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday afternoon.

It comes after police arrested a 26-year-old Ferryden Park man — also a suspected Hells Angels associate — over the shooting on June 2.

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