Hells Angels could escape arrests as police review poker run surveillance footage

POLICE are still trawling through surveillance footage and are yet to make any arrests following Saturday’s poker run — the first since the bikie crackdown.

Anti-bikies police squad Taskforce Maxima confirmed two patched Hells Angels riders were in the Queensland leg of the run.

They were later joined by three fellow members in New South Wales.

Logan Police district officer Marty Mickelson, who monitored the poker run, confirmed police were yet to make arrests.

Hells Angels members Terry McCormick and “Jeff” (no surname) lead as Motor Bike enthusiasts meet at outside the Hells Angels motorcycle club in Hillcrest.

“It is a very careful process because the Taskforce Maxima investigators need to speak to their intelligence people,” he said.

“That intelligence may lead to prosecutions down the track.

“Those sorts of things cannot be done there and then and the police take a fairly conservative approach to these incidents and conduct a lot of surveillance.”

Motor Bike enthusiasts meet at outside the Hells Angels motorcycle club in Hillcrest before heading out on a group ride.

The Office of Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk said the event “ran smoothly” but declined to answer questions about fears bikie clubs had returned to the Coast.

“The Premier has made it clear that this is a government that will not tolerate organised crime,” the statement said.

A group of more than 100 riders made up of social riders, patched bikies and club participants rode from Brisbane to NSW for the Hells Angels Good as Gold poker run. The annual event moved over the border when the Newman Government introduced legislation banning three or more criminal organisation participants from meeting.

Motor Bike enthusiasts meet at outside the Hells Angels motorcycle club in Hillcrest before heading out on a group ride.

Mr Mickelson said police spotted “five members that they believed to be patched” during the run.

“Two Hells Angels fellow in colours and two or three other individuals who were participants who were not wearing colours.”

Taskforce Maxima acting superintendent Brendan Smith said police would review video surveillance of the ride to ensure no bikies had breached the state’s tough anti-association laws.

“We will be conducting investigations into the membership of the ride and if we identify evidence of three or more participants of criminal organisations we will be taking action,” he said.

“It may not happen today but we are using video surveillance which we can refer to down the track.

“We always have to go back and prove the offence.”

Supt Smith said the ride went across the NSW border.

“The intelligence is that they are meeting in NSW which shows they are still afraid,” he said.

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