Thursday, 10 May 2012

Two teenagers with alleged links to Sydney shootings and Hells Angels motorcycle gang to face court

TWO teenagers with alleged links to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang will face court today after being charged following investigations into shooting incidents across Sydney. Police arrested a 17-year-old male, an alleged Hell's Angels associate, at a residence in Auburn following a search warrant executed about 6.30am yesterday. Officers then searched another home in Granville before arresting a second 17-year-old male, also an alleged Hells Angel associate, at an address in Freshwater about 2pm yesterday. Strike Force Kinnarra will allege the youths were involved in a shooting incident at Oxford Street, Merrylands on April 23. In what police believe was a case of mistaken identity, bikies were the intended targets in an attack on an apartment block at Oxford Street, however the bullets were sprayed into the homes of two single women. At least seven shots were fired into the Oxford St complex with bullets shattering the glass doors on the second and third storey. The 17-year-old from Auburn was charged with fire firearm at dwelling/house with disregard for safety, and fire firearm at dwelling etc organised criminal activity. The 17-year-old from Freshwater was charged with fire firearm at dwelling/house with disregard for safety. They were both refused bail to appear in Parramatta Children's Court today. Strike Force Kinnarra was established to investigate five shooting attacks in a single night on homes and businesses at Merrylands, Baulkham Hills, Granville and Northmead on April 17. Gun attacks at residents in Rouse Hill and Bella Vista on April 20 are also under investigation by this police unit. Premier Barry O'Farrell responded to the spate of shooting incidents and the public's horror when he said: "It concerns that me that people would resort to weapons to settle any sort of dispute particularly when we're talking about a family home." The Premier provided police with new powers to take on bikie related crimes when he announced that members of outlaw motorcycle gangs will be banned from wearing their "colours'' or anything that identified them as a bikie in the 58 pubs, clubs and restaurants in Kings Cross. "Wearing your club colours does not make you some sort of superhero, impervious to the law,'' he said.

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