NSW Police: Bikies didn\’t cross the border, the border crossed us
MATTHEW KILLORAN GOLD COAST BULLETIN NOVEMBER 29, 2013 4:00AM 2
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QUEENSLAND Police and the Attorney-General say bikies are crossing the border to flee the crime crackdown, but NSW top cops still cannot find any evidence of it taking place.
NSW Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas has strongly asserted that the bikies are staying in Queensland, despite the crackdown.
\”There\’s not a skerrick of evidence that bikies are fleeing into NSW. It is a myth,\” he said.
\”There are lots of rumours, but police don\’t rely on rumours – we rely on evidence and there is no evidence.\”
But yesterday Queensland\’s Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said it was time for NSW to toughen up its laws.
\”We have the toughest laws in the nation which were to draw a line in the sand,\” he said.
\”We have had intelligence reports that they are heading over the border.
\”We know criminal gangs will do anything to avoid tough laws, they will go anywhere to avoid tough laws.
\”I would encourage NSW to toughen their laws, follow our lead.\”
Yesterday Taskforce Takeback boss Superintendent Jim Keogh said he could not comment on intelligence matters, but Queensland and NSW Police would continue to work collaboratively.
\”We do have an exchange of information between Queensland and NSW in relation to bikie movements,\” he said.
Senior police recent told the Bulletin bikies were moving \”just out of reach\” in NSW, while in October, Taskforce Maxima Commander Detective Superintendent Mick Niland said there had been some information that bikies were going to set up chapters south of the border, but there was no confirmed intelligence in relation to that.
But Mr Kaldas said his officers and anti-bikie squad Strike Raptor had been watching the border closely since the Queensland crackdown started.
\”I\’m not aware of any intelligence that says there has been a mass movement across the border,\” he said.
\”I really can\’t say why politicians say what they do.
\”If there\’s something I\’m not aware of it. We exchange information regularly with Queensland Police.\”
He said in the past four years Strike Force Raptor had laid more than 5,000 charges, arrested 2,300 people, seized 590 weapons, nearly $4 million in cash as well as a significant quantity of drugs.
Mr Kaldras said in October alone Raptor door knocked or raided 33 bikie -connected premises in the Tweed/Byron area.
\”There is no safe haven for bikies in this state,\” he said.