A police forensics team supervises as a Life and Death Motorcycle Club associate collects belongings from the outlawed gang’s James St premises in November.
A police forensics team supervises as a Life and Death Motorcycle Club associate collects belongings from the outlawed gang’s James St premises in November. Chris Calcino

Armed police watch bikie removalists

A POLICE forensics team armed with handguns and a video camera has briefly re-opened the Life and Death Motorcycle Club's premises on James St.

A team of officers stood watch as a former member of the outlaw bikie gang loaded up a trailer of belongings yesterday morning.

New laws attaching mandatory six-month jail sentences to any bikie associate who steps foot in a clubhouse meant a police escort was required to oversee the activity.

One officer stood by with a video camera tracking the action as the tattooed biker assembled his belongings.

When the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws were introduced last month, three Life and Death members still had their motorcycles locked up at the James St clubhouse.

The Bandidos - the only other outlaw bikie gang with a chapter in Toowoomba - had its clubhouse raided just over a week ago.

Is the strain the new bikie laws are putting on police resources worth it in the long run?

This poll ended on 08 December 2013.

Current Results

Yes

35%

No

64%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

No charges have been laid over the raid.

Darling Downs Crime Group officer Detective Acting Inspector Paul McCusker said police would continue to enforce the new laws and protecting the community.

"We have a number of procedures and long-term strategies in place to reduce crime in the Darling Downs district," he said.

"Those strategies will continue to take place and continue to be enforced.

"There is an increased police presence out on the streets, with more vehicles being intercepted.

"I think any increase in police presence will always have an effect."


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