Press Reader- The Mercury
Three men believed to be linked to Nomads MC have been arrested and a motorbike has been seized as police crack down on motorcycle clubs.
A motorcycle has been seized and three men believed to be linked to a motorcycle club have been charged by police with a number of Commonwealth and state offences.
The Tasmanian Australian National Anti-Gangs Squad on Monday said arrests were made on a 22-year-old alleged Nomad member and a 51-year-old alleged Nomad affiliate.
One of the pair’s motorcycles – alleged to be used in a series of hooning and traffic offences by a third man – was confiscated.
The two men appeared before Hobart Magistrates Court charged with supporting a criminal organisation.
Both men were granted bail and are set to appear before Hobart Magistrates Court this month.
The arrests were followed by a third alleged bikie club arrest on Tuesday, involving a 29-year-old man who is believed to be a patched Nomad member.
The man is facing a number of charges including operating a vehicle in a public place in an unnecessary execution of speed, acceleration or loss of traction, as well as driving while disqualified.
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He is set to face court in February.
It will be alleged the 29-year-old was using the seized motorbike in the commission of the alleged traffic offending.
Australian Federal Police Detective Sergeant Aaron Hardcastle said the charges highlighted seriousness authorities placed on cracking down on motorcycle clubs in Tasmania.
“We are committed to working with Tasmania Police and all our partners to stay one step ahead of those who would seek to commit organised criminal activity in this state,” Mr Hardcastle said.
“The community needs to be aware that outlaw motorcycle gangs are not harmless motorcycle clubs.”
“They are well organised criminal gangs who readily resort to violence and intimidation to protect their way of life, causing fear across Tasmania and the rest of the country.”