An outlaw motorcycle gang wanted to put fear into patrons and staff when they allegedly stormed a Ballarat pub over the weekend, according to police. The Tourism News is not publishing detailed photos of the gang so as to not promote the group.
Finks bikie raids: Two arrested over alleged ‘standover’ attack at Ballarat bar
The Finks outlaw motorcycle gang wanted to put fear into patrons and staff when they allegedly stormed a Ballarat pub over the weekend, according to police.
Police said up to 15 gang members forced their way into the Haida Bar on Camp Street after midnight (AEST) on Saturday before allegedly assaulting staff and stealing money.
Officers responded this morning by launching a series of raids targeting the Finks. Two men allegedly linked to the gang were arrested.
Superintendent Andrew Allen said the gang was trying to intimidate people at the hotel.
“Clearly it was an endeavour to standover and put fear into patrons and staff of the licensed premises,” he said.
“Their particular behaviour and these types of occurrences will not be tolerated in Ballarat or elsewhere.
“We are making a certain statement here that if outlaw motorcycle gang members want to behave in this manner, we will be there waiting for them and we will act accordingly, as we have done today,” he said.
Loaded gun and cash seized in raids: police
Properties at Smythes Creek, Wendouree West and a clubhouse on Doveton Street North in the city centre were among seven premises searched just before 8:00am (AEST).
A large number of police took part in the raids including members of the Echo Taskforce, which was set up to investigate bikie gangs.
Police said they found a large amount of cash and a loaded handgun during the search.
The Vikings and Bandidos gangs already have a presence in Ballarat, but police said the Finks were more recent arrivals.
“We’re aware of the presence of the Finks for about the last 18 months around Ballarat,” Superintendent Allen said.
“Now I can say if this is how they’re going to behave in this city, they’ll be arrested and taken before the courts.”
Police were still looking for the other men believed to be involved in the robbery.