SENIOR police say bikies were not welcome “no matter where they are’’ after the seventh clubhouse was dismantled in just over two years across the Hunter and mid-north coast.
The specialist bikie squad Strike Force Raptor joined local police and a range of other resources during pre-dawn raids across Taree, Forster and Gloucester to shut down the growing local chapter of the Rebels.
Nine people were charged and guns and drugs seized.
But it was the warning from Manning-Great Lakes local area commander, Detective Superintendent Peter Thurtell, which has put bikies across the state on notice.
“The message we are sending is that outlaw motorcycle gangs, no matter where they are, whether they be in country areas or the city, are not welcome,’’ Superintendent Thurtell said.
“There was one particular [suspect], he had a t-shirt on which said 'respect few, fear none'.
“Well, I have no doubt that he still respects few but I also have no doubt that he fears the return of Strike Force Raptor.’’
The blunt warning comes as police again use the Restricted Premises Act (1943) to prompt the search warrant on the clubhouse on private property at Glenthorne, near Taree.
Once inside, they confiscated almost everything inside the clubhouse, including fridges, alcohol and other paraphernalia.
It is the same legislation used to shut down at least six other clubhouses since late 2013, including the well-known Gladiators’ headquarters at Horseshoe Bend and the Life and Death clubhouse at Boolaroo, which prompted the chapter to cease to exist.
The Rebels were also targeted at Morisset and Wickham while the Bandidos decided to shut themselves down at Salamander Bay after seeing the Comancheros lose their clubhouse at Tea Gardens.
“This operation resulted from increased activity from outlaw motorcycle gangs in this area and it was specifically designed to let them know that their presence and their activities will not be tolerated in this area,’’ Superitendent Thurtell said.
“It is criminal activity and they are not welcome in this area at all.’’
One Rebels member, 32, was charged with assault, enter land with intent, menacing driving, intimidation, and possess prohibited weapon.
Ten firearm prohibition orders were executed at homes in the Manning Great Lakes area, with seven firearms seized.
Officers also served five vehicle defect notices, two Australian Tax Office notices and two Environmental Protection Authority notifications.