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Shots Fired As Newcastle Bikie Wars Escalate

3 Nomads members have been arrested

Shots Fired As Newcastle Bikie Wars Escalate

Tensions between rival bikie gangs in Newcastle have escalated, with a violent weekend across the city resulting in the Nomads clubhouse in Islington being shot at.

Three members of the Nomads bikie gang have been arrested and charged with assault, after members of the rival Finks gang were allegedly assaulted.

A Nomad is accused of assaulting a Finks member at a gym in Kotara on Friday afternoon.

The alleged victim, a 26-year-old New Lambton man, suffered a suspected fractured left arm when he was hit by a steel bar at the business in Bradford Close.

On Saturday night, a 40-year-old Sydney man was allegedly hit in the side of the neck by a Nomads member holding a beer glass at a hotel on Honeysuckle Drive.

That man suffered a deep cut to his neck and fell to the ground, where his head was allegedly stomped on.

At the same time and location, a 42-year-old Sydney man was allegedly head-butted and punched by a man – who police believe is also a member of the Nomads OMCG.

The alleged Nomads OMCG members then left the hotel. The two injured men were treated at the scene before being taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment.

A few hours later, shots were fired into the Nomads clubhouse in Chinchen Street, Islington.

Police seized several spent shells outside the building, while bullet holes have been found in the front gates, doors and guttering.

A witness has told KOFM she heard five shots ring out just after 10:30pm and saw the bikies on the street. 

“Police told us to stay inside at first,” she said. “[They] came not long after and taped off the street.” 

More than 10 people in the building at the time; however, there have been no reports of injuries.

Police arrested three men at the clubhouse who were allegedly involved in the two assaults.

A 26-year-old Branxton man, who is alleged to have been involved in the gym assault, was charged with affray, malicious damage, and use offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence.

The other two men, aged 26 and 32, are alleged to have been involved in the Honeysuckle Drive hotel alleged assaults were also charged.

The younger man was charged with affray, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The older man was charged with reckless wounding, and affray.

No charges have been laid in regards to the report of shots fired.

The escalating violence amongst the rival bikies has infuriated Newcastle's top cop. 

“Members of OMCG who break the law; from assaults, gun crime, malicious damage or traffic offences, will face serious ramifications,” Superintendent John Gralton said.

“The three incidents over the weekend show that police from local area commands, as well as specialist commands, will continue to work together to stamp out illegal and dangerous activity.

“Anyone with information on suspicious or dangerous activity in the area is urged to contact police via Crime Stoppers.

“Arrests such as these are not only testament to the hard work of police, but information provided by the public, which can be done anonymously, can sometimes provide that final piece of the puzzle.

“Members of the public should be assured that police will continue to work tirelessly to keep the local community safe,” Supt Gralton said.

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