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Bandidos sergeant-at-arms arrested over Broadbeach bikie brawl

DETECTIVES have charged yet another bikie over last year’s infamous Broadbeach brawl. Officers from the crack bikie squad Taskforce Maxima on Saturday arrested the national sergeant-at-arms of the Bandidos at Beenleigh for his role in the now-infamous stoush on September 27 last year. His arrest takes the number charged over the fracas, which saw bikies brawling in the middle of the Broadbeach restaurant precinct in front of stunned tourists before storming Southport Police Station, to 31. The shocking incident was the catalyst for the Newman government’s fierce crackdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs. The 39-year-old Bandido has been charged with one count of rioting and is expected to appear at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Monday. Detective Inspector Brendan Smith of Taskforce Maxima said, “Today’s arrest shows we will be relentless in our efforts to investigate all aspects of the Broadbeach incident,” he said. “The passage of time does not affect our resolve.” The other 30 bikies already charged are facing trial on the Gold Coast later this year.

Tramps bikie club loses appeal to get back its guns because of link to Hells Angels Motorcycle Club

MEMBERS of a small-town motorcycle club linked to the Hells Angels have failed in their appeal to retrieve their confiscated guns. A decision was handed down today by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal upholding a decision to cancel four Tramps bikies’ gun licences because of their membership and social associations with other gangs. The verdict comes almost a year after nine current and former members of the Tramps MC fronted the Firearms Appeal Committee, one of which is a mobile butcher, arguing that Victoria Police had no right cancel their licences. Club head Ronald Harding, who took leave to withdraw, butcher Michael Oxenham, Malcolm Dinsdale and David Windsor are now considering appealing the decision to the appeal court of the Victorian Supreme Court. In August 2012, Chief Commissioner Ken Lay made a controversial decision to seize more than 100 registered guns from members of “outlaw’’ bikie gangs across the state. The VCAT appeal, taken on by four Tramps members, was seen as a test case for other “outlaw’ bikie members who also had their gun licences cancelled. The guns were seized under the test to whether the licence holder was a “fit and proper’’ person.

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