A notorious New Zealand gang is developing a base on the Gold Coast, prompting the Queensland Government to declare it an ‘identified organisation’ in a bid to stop its rapid growth.
Queensland Attorney General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath confirmed on Thursday, members of the Mongrel Mob have been seen sporting their colours around Queensland, including on the Gold Coast.
She described the group, known to have links to violent crimes outside the state, has been described as one of the most fearsome in the world.
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“The Police Commissioner has advised there is evidence of Mongrel Mob activity in Queensland and we are acting to prevent it from establishing a foothold in the state.
“This is an organisation with the attributes of an outlaw motorcycle gang with violent initiation processes, Nazi insignia and motto and members who outside Queensland have been involved in murder, armed robberies, extortion, home invasion, firearms and drug offences.
“QPS has advised Mongrel Mob members have recently displayed their colours in public in Brisbane, Logan, Rockhampton and the Gold Coast,” Mrs D’Ath said.
“There are now 28 entities, including Bandidos, The Finks, and the Rebels which have been declared as identified organisations,” she said.
Organised Crime Gangs Group’s Operations Commander, Detective Superintendent Roger Lowe said the QPS would continue to use every legal mechanism available to dismantle and disrupt organised crime gangs operating in this state.
“The declaration of the Mongrel Mob as an identified organisation is about addressing and preventing violent, criminal and anti-social behaviour of gangs,” Detective Superintendent Lowe said.
Queensland’s Opposition has blamed the Labor government for the gangs rise, claiming its watered-down bikie laws are actually encouraging groups to return to the state.
“The numbers don’t lie – bikie gangs are officially back in business under Annastacia Palaszczuk,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk is kidding Queenslanders when she says she is tough on bikies.
Shadow Police Minister Trevor Watts said Labor’s watered-down laws had allowed bikies to rebuild their criminal networks.
“Bikie gangs have little to fear from the Palaszczuk Government,” Mr Watts said.
“If a bikie is charged with a crime the odds are they’ll be back on streets in no time.”