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    Victoria Police taskforce to take on outlaw bikie gangs

    VICTORIA Police has launched a dedicated taskforce to investigate outlaw bikie gangs in a radical change of policy.

    The Sunday Herald Sun is today revealing there has been an explosion in bikie groups, with 24 rival gangs owning 56 clubhouses and having more than 4000 members across the state.

    Echo Taskforce has been formed to target bikie crimes, disrupt criminal activity by the groups and stamp out intimidation of the public.

    Authorities have linked bikies to nightclubs, prostitution and trucking as well as a litany of crimes including murder.

    And Victoria Police has now pledged: "We are going to be policing them very hard . . . we are not going to take their lawlessness."

    The taskforce will be spearheaded by detective Acting Insp Chris Murray - one of the senior investigators in Operation Pendennis, which foiled a terror attack by plotters in Melbourne.

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    The names of the gangs that have infiltrated Victoria and where each of the 56 chapters is based is listed today.

    It shows bikies have spread their tentacles across the suburbs and regions.

    But Victoria Police is determined bikies will not win the war and has launched the special bikie-busting strike force.

    "Echo Taskforce was formed because Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG) are a top priority for Victoria Police," Acting Insp Murray said.

    "It's a result of what we have seen interstate -- recent activity involving OMCG wars, feuds, homicides and the fact these groups have chapters, in most cases, in every state and overseas.

    "We have refocused our efforts on OMCGs to make sure all things are looked at -- everything from major crimes to road policing issues.

    "We are going to be policing them very hard.

    "The days of blocking intersections, running of red lights . . . are over -- we are not going to take their lawlessness.

    "We are going to be a lot more proactive."

    Bikie gangs have pushed their way into nightclub ownership, club security, drug trafficking, strippers and prostitution.

    "Some members are involved in criminal activity including serious assaults, murder, drug trafficking and organised criminal activity," Acting Insp Murray said.

    "We are certainly looking at the licensing industry, brothel and transport industry, especially the interstate trucking companies -- who are behind them and what they are bringing down.

    "They are certainly involved in drug activity. Nightclubs are a big concern -- ownership and security on the doors.

    "There are a lot of illegal firearms out there, which OMCGs have traditionally been involved in. Blackmail, extortion and standover activity is also something we are looking very hard at."

    Acting Insp Murray, who spent six years in the joint counter-terrorism team, said he hoped to build ties with OMCGs, so they could prevent crimes.

    "We do not say every bikie is involved in crime," he said.

    And he said the plan was already paying dividends.

    "With the info we have been getting, we are painting a picture of what is happening here and overseas, who's doing what, who's trying to fill what space, what groups are taking over groups and what groups are working with who," he said.

    "OMCGs want to fly under the radar. They don't want our attention.

    "They are not going to advertise the fact members are involved in drug dealing, drug importation, serious assaults, murder, if they are silent partners in nightclubs, licensing venues, brothels - it's not something they want us to know.

    "But it's our job to find out that information . . . and act on it."

    Acting Insp Murray urged law-abiding bikies to anonymously report information to Crime Stoppers.

    "Counter-terrorism has been my mainstay for the past six years or so and this job is very similar in lots of ways -- the groups are . . . very secretive," he said.

    "Where we want to be is not waiting for things to occur, not waiting for feuds to begin, not waiting for gang warfare, not waiting for them to proliferate guns and weapons.

    "Bikie gangs in Victoria need to know we are on the front foot and we are keeping an eye on them."

    He said Echo Taskforce was previously an umbrella operation tackling gang crime.

    "Its predecessor looked at gangs in general. Now it's been totally rebadged. We have kept the name, but it's now purely OMCG-focused."

    Echo Taskforce will be overseen by detective Supt Doug Fryer, who is also in charge of Taskforce Driver, investigating the murder of underworld figure Carl Williams.

    "We always investigated serious OMCG crime thematically, but now we have a holistic approach, which will assist in providing the full picture of OMCG criminality," Supt Fryer said.

    kailaj@heraldsun.com.au


    BIKIE CLUBHOUSES AROUND THE STATE

    REBELS GEELONG NORTH GEELONG 3215
    REBELS WARRNAMBOOL WARRNAMBOOL 3280
    REBELS MILDURA MILDURA 3500
    REBELS PAKENHAM PAKENHAM 3810
    REBELS SPRINGVALE SPRINGVALE 3171
    REBELS BENDIGO EAST BENDIGO 3550
    REBELS SUNSHINE SUNSHINE NORTH 3020
    REBELS EMERALD EMERALD 3782
    OUTLAWS ROSEBUD ROSEBUD WEST 3940
    OUTLAWS CARRUM DOWNS CARRUM DOWNS 3201
    OUTLAWS HASTINGS HASTINGS 3915
    OUTLAWS SHEPPARTON SHEPPARTON 3630
    OUTLAWS KATAMATITE KATAMATITE 3649
    COFFIN CHEATERS BRAESIDE BRAESIDE 3195
    COFFIN CHEATERS DANDENONG DANDENONG 3175
    COFFIN CHEATERS BAYSWATER
    BAYSWATER NORTH 3153
    COFFIN CHEATERS MORWELL 3840
    COFFIN CHEATERS WARRAGUL WARRAGUL 3820
    BROS PORTLAND PORTLAND 3305
    BROS ST ARNAUD ST ARNAUD 3478
    BROS MARYBOROUGH MARYBOROUGH 3465
    BROS YARRAVILLE YARRAVILLE 3013
    BROS MELTON MELTON 3337
    BANDIDOS GEELONG BREAKWATER 3219
    BANDIDOS BALLARAT BALLARAT EAST 3350
    BANDIDOS ECHUCA ECHUCA EAST 3564
    BANDIDOS MELBOURNE BRUNSWICK 3056
    HELLS ANGELS EAST COUNTY CAMPBELLFIELD 3061
    HELLS ANGELS FAIRFIELD
    (MELBOURNE CHAPTER) FAIRFIELD 3078
    HELLS ANGELS NOMADS THOMASTOWN 3074
    OUTLAWS HOPPERS CROSSING
    HOPPERS CROSSING 3029
    OUTLAWS PAKENHAM PAKENHAM 3810
    OUTLAWS KILSYTH (EASTSIDE CHAPTER) 3137
    IMMORTALS MOORABBIN MOORABBIN 3189
    IMMORTALS BAYSWATER BAYSWATER 3153
    BLACK UHLANS GEELONG BELMONT 3216
    BLACK UHLANS COBURG COBURG NORTH 3058
    IRON HORSEMEN BENDIGO EPSOM 3551
    IRON HORSEMEN HEIDELBERG
    HEIDELBERG HEIGHTS 3081
    COMANCHERO PORT MELBOURNE
    PORT MELBOURNE 3207
    COMANCHERO HALLAM HALLAM 3803
    OUTCASTS CAMPBELLFIELD CAMPBELLFIELD 3061
    OUTCASTS WANGARATTA 3677
    SATANíS SOLDIERS BENDIGO BENDIGO 3550
    SATANíS SOLDIERS MELTON MELTON 3337
    VIGILANTES BRUNSWICK FAWKNER 3060
    FOOLISH FEW COBURG COBURG NORTH 3058
    DERELICTS BENALLA BENALLA 3672
    VAN DIEMENS WALLAN WALLAN 3756
    GYPSY JOKERS WODONGA WODONGA 3690
    TRAMPS WANGARATTA WANGARATTA 3677
    MOBSH---ERS Ė possibly BENDIGO
    HIGHWAYMEN HIGHETT HIGHETT 3190
    VIKINGS BALLARAT BALLARAT EAST
    FINKS PORT MELBOURNE
    PORT MELBOURNE 3207

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    yeah, fine. arrest them like anyone else when they busy themselves doing criminal stuff

    im against the anti association shit

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    yet again, police and pollies with too much time on their hands.
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    yes, while they have cops dedicated to traffic offences and a "war on drugs" they dont have time to respond to anything else much. theft and property crime for example are not on the police radar anymore. its just a number they give you for insurance claims.

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    What are the real agendas they are trying to distract us from?
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    i was particularly amused by the part about bikies blocking intersections and running red lights.........sounds like the VP HQ might be due another surprise parcel.
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    This is extremely foolish strategy in my view. By forming a "special" unit, the authorities are taking a risk that the OMCG's will begin to form pacts and amalgamations against a common foe.

    And lets just go to the fantasy land where OMCG are the threat to society that these panic mongers claim. How long before we see mass "Executions" of Policemen and thier families?

    The "criminal" will always have the advantage, unfettered by limitations of policy and law.

    If the Police or govt really gave a flying fuck for the community...they might spend more time on the petty crime in the suburbs, where ppl currently barricade themselves into homes with barred windows and burglar alarms, instead of fleecing ppl of their hard earned with automated revenue gathering equipment.

    Bear in mind that the VAST majority of seroius assaults and home invasions take place within the criminal community...and mostly drug fuelled.

    Nobody is likely to invade your home...you have nothing that they cant steal new from shops etc...but once you start keeping quantaties of cash or drugs...your liklihood begins to increase!

    The whole thing is a big worry..

    Read 1984 (Geo Orwell)

    Look at what went on in Nazi Germany im the 30's

    A "Scapegoat" will give the authorities a reason to up-arm, reinforce, and legislate freely until the time comes when those laws encouraged by the frightened sheep, are turned against the very ppl that they were supposedly created to protect from these "Baddies"

    Hitler Had his Jews
    Pol Pot had Intilectuals
    Stalin had his Kulacs
    and now Aussie has these terrible Bikies

    We already have all the laws that we need......and cannot even enforce them!

    Will making MORE laws help?

    Of course it wont...but the stupid wont realise that until its far too late!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevieB View Post
    What are the real agendas they are trying to distract us from?
    Well put stevieB. No conspiracy theory... Fact. Normally find this type of focus on OMGs is to take the focus off the real agenda. It is very simple... they are out to promote conflict and get the OMGs to bite. Most marginalized group of people in Australia. An easy target for the cops and the media sluts. Public will back up the war against the Bikie Scum. Bugger it... This country is becoming well and truly fucked... but there will be a day of reckoning... It will come.

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    Simon Overland for the Headbare M C!
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    Another stupidly executed and shallow distraction.....Recent events demonstrate that the Victorian Police force is a total embarrassment and would be best described as joke under the stewardship of that moron Simon Overland.

    Currently they have very little credibility down here as public confidence is abysmally low and likewise their own members have no confidence in their so called "command"

    So clearly Police command have decided to demonstrate that they are protecting us all from those "nasty" & "scarey" bikies and are attempting to whip up a frenzy regarding same.

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