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Police on front foot

By DEAN LAWSON

Police have stressed a need for Wimmera people be vigilant in reporting illegal or suspicious activities across the region as a national crackdown on outlaw bikie gangs continues to attract headlines.

Horsham Acting Inspector Brendan Broadbent said Wimmera centres were lucky to have so far avoided becoming bases for highly organised criminal ‘chapters’.

But he warned that gang networks were extensive and the region was far from immune.

He said bikie gangs could quickly become established in a community through affiliations and connections, and it was in everyone’s best interests to help police by monitoring and reporting any outlaw motorcycle gang activity.

“These groups are definitely organised with set structures within their organisations. They have an extensive network of associates and if they consider it to be a benefit to establish a chapter in an area they will look to do that,” he said.

“That’s the sort of gang-activity information people should feed back to police. If anyone notices anything unusual such as strangers gathering in groups and wearing ‘colours’ or ‘patches’, we want to know about it.

“We regularly have motorcycle gang members travelling through the area and they are pretty easy to identify.

 

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Posted on Mar 26 2014

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