The recent setting up of a Hells Angels Nomads Motorcycle Club pad on the Hibiscus Coast has caused concerns for Police and local residents.
The organisation has purchased a commercial property in the Silverdale Industrial area that is near a range of businesses including some that cater for children.
A number of locals are very concerned at the gang’s presence. One resident, who does not wish to be named, says Police visited nearby businesses to advise them of their new neighbours and as a result, several are considering relocating.
The group has arrived on the patch of Rodney MP Mark Mitchell, whose strong anti-gang stance is very well known. He says people in the area are right to be worried.
“Hells Angels deal in organised crime,” Mr Mitchell says. “We definitely don’t want them to have a footprint in the area, or to start pedalling drugs or recruiting.”
Mr Mitchell says he is working with Police, Auckland Council and central Government agencies to bring pressure to bear to remove them.
However, this may not be easy as setting up a gang pad is not, in itself, illegal.
“I want to know where the money has come from to purchase the clubhouse and what they intend to use it for,” Mr Mitchell says. “We will make sure they are compliant with every bylaw and will be watching closely to make sure local businesses are not impacted negatively and people are not intimidated, or fearful. Just the presence of patched members can be intimidating.”
Waitemata North area commander, Inspector Mark Fergus, agrees that seeing patched gang members will cause concern within the community.
He says Police are aware that people associated with the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, are using a commercial unit in Silverdale.
“Police will be highly visible in this area as we monitor the activities at this location,” Inspector Fergus says. “Where unlawful behaviour is identified, enforcement action will be undertaken.”
Police encourage residents to report anything of concern via the 105 number. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Hibiscus Matters’ attempts to contact the Hells Angels Nomads Club for comment were unsuccessful.