Police have arrested three people, dismantled an outlaw motorcycle gang clubhouse and shut down a cannabis hydro-house as part of an ongoing investigation into the activities of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang’s Liverpool Chapter.
The raid was the result of a NSW Gangs Squad investigation which was launched after it emerged that a number of Rebels Liverpool members were involved in a large brawl at Burwood last month.
Earlier today, officers attached to Strike Force Gault, created to investigate the incidend – with the assistance of specialist police – executed search warrants at a number of properties throughout Sydney.
At one of the properties – in Rossmore – officers located a hydroponic cannabis set-up containing close to 50 mature cannabis plants.
The Warwick Farm clubhouse of the Rebels Liverpool chapter was also dismantled during this morning’s operation.
A Rebels member from Cecil Hills, a Lone Wolf member from Monterey and a woman from Rhodes have all been arrested and are currently assisting police with their inquiries.
About 8.30pm on April 28, police were called to Burwood Road after reports a large brawl had broken out inside a busy café.
Burwood police attended the location immediately, but those involved in the fight had already fled the scene.
During the incident someone threw a glass bottle that hit a 39-year-old man waiting for a bus nearby.
The injured man was taken to Concord Hospital in a stable condition with lacerations to his head.
Detectives commenced an investigation into the brawl, which was believed to have involved members of the Rebels Liverpool chapter and the Lone Wolf outlaw motorcycle gang’s Burwood chapter.
The Commander of the Gangs Squad, Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace, said people who behave as if they’re above the law can expect a swift response from police.
“We believe close to 30 men were involved in the Burwood brawl, and they clearly had little to no regard for the people standing nearby,” Detective Superintendent Wallace said.
“It’s remarkable that only one innocent bystander was injured; it could have been far worse.”
Detective Superintendent Wallace said investigators have reviewed CCTV footage of the brawl and have identified a number of persons who may have witnessed this incident.
“In the CCTV footage we have reviewed, it is clear that some members of the public have recorded the fight on their smart-phones.
“If you are one of these people and you haven’t yet contacted police, please do get in touch.
“You don’t even need to call us and we don’t need to know your name. You can upload the video anonymously via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page.
“Your recording could form a vital part of our investigation, so please do the right thing and pass it on.”
The investigation by Strike Force Gault is ongoing and more arrests are expected.
Anyone with information to assist police is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it directly to detectives via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page:https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49.