Saturday August 24 2013
– Police raided a Hells Angels clubhouse after the outlaw motorcycle gang advertised a party for tonight.
Detectives from Taskforce Echo and the Public Order Response Team raided the fortified bikie venue in Alphington at 2pm yesterday.
The search warrant was for alleged liquor licensing breaches.
“Anyone who plans on holding an event where liquor is for sale needs to abide by the relevant laws and apply for the appropriate licence,” Detective Inspector Campbell said.
“They also need to engage with local police and this wasn’t done on this occasion.
“We expect our sporting clubs and other community organisations to do this, so there is no reason why OMCGs should consider themselves above the law.
“Police make no apologies for targeting and disrupting the activities of those who disobey laws within Victoria.”
Police were seen removing alcohol from the clubhouse on Heidelberg Roac. It is understood Hells Angels members permitted police to enter the venue and no one was taken into custody.
Taskforce Echo was set up by Victoria Police in 2011 to target bikie gangs.
“The role of Taskforce Echo includes proactive targeted disruption of criminal activity as well as ongoing investigation of major crimes such as drug trafficking, illegal firearms, serious assaults and licensed premises,” Detective Inspector Campbell said – Jon Kaila