Saturday August 24 2013
– Police have raided a Hells Angels bikie clubhouse ahead of a huge party planned at the venue.
The Alphington clubhouse was raided on Friday afternoon by Echo Taskforce detectives concerned that the outlaw bikie gang had not obtained a liquor licence for a party to be held on Saturday night.
Hells Angels members gave police access to the clubhouse, and a small amount of liquor was found inside.
Several members remained at the scene while police searched the clubhouse, with others arriving in Hells Angels T-shirts and hooded jumpers about 3pm.
The party is expected to draw about 300 people and has been advertised online as featuring topless barmaids.
Echo Taskforce Detective Inspector Ian Campbell said police would be out in force again at the party to ensure the gang did not breach liquor licensing regulations.
“They are not above the law,” he said.
“If you are advertising a party and don’t bother to get a liquor licence or liaise with local police, we’re going to come down for a look.”
More than 20 police, including public order response team members, joined in the raid.
Police also searched the neighbouring house, which was formerly occupied by Hells Angels founding member Christopher “Ball Bearing” Coelho.
Mr Coelho announced earlier this year that he was handing in his colours after more than 40 years in the club. His house was empty.
The Hells Angels have been locked in a war with the Bandidos in Victoria that has seen several clubhouses bombed or shot.
The feud started when Bandidos sergeant-at-arms Toby Mitchell was ambushed and shot twice outside the Diablos clubhouse in Melton during March – Niño Bucci