Police descend on Gold Coast in bikie crackdown
Updated report: POLICE officers from Brisbane have begun to descend on the Gold Coast as part an operation charged to deal with escalating bikie related violence.
Today 40 Brisbane police officers arrived at the Gold Coast, they will be replaced on Monday by 50 officers, some coming from as far as Rockhampton. However, more police officers are said to be working behind the scenes.
The operation will see police using helicopters to identify bikies on the road. They will then be intercepted and questioned.
Police will be targeting locations at which bikies are known to congregate.
"That might include nightclubs and various premises that are known to us," acting Assistant Commissioner Steve Hollands said.
"We want to reassure the public this won't happen again."
The commissioner said it was foolish of bikies to think they owned the Gold Coast.
"It is a very serious matter and it is going to continue until such a time that the issue is abated," he said.
The operation was expected to last at least one month, but would continue for as long as required.
The commissioner said there had been 26 people charged in relation to a bikie brawl on the Gold Coast last Friday night, with more expected.
A bounty is on offer for anyone who can provide information which leads to the arrest of outlaw motorcycle gang members. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
Updated report: QUEENSLAND Police have additional police officers will arrive on the Gold Coast this afternoon.
The police officers will be targeting the illegal activities of Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs as well as anti-social behaviour.
Initial report: BIKIES are laughing off a police crackdown, saying they have five times the resources of the police, News Limited has reported.
A senior patch member said he had "zero concern" about the QLD Government's tough talk.
"Nothing will make us leave," he is quoted as saying.
"If they throw $2O million at it, we'll throw $100 million...we're in every country in the world."
"We'll recruit 10 times harder and they won't know who the bikies are."
"It's a crack-up, not a crack-down."