Watts warns criminal clubhouses coming back

BANDIDOS, Life and Death and other motorcycle gangs will again take root in Toowoomba if new laws are passed, a Toowoomba politician is warning.

"Let's be clear, the Bandidos and Life and Death are not a bearded bunch of kindly old men - they are an organised, criminal gang and they are coming back," Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts said.

The politician has slammed what he called the Labor Government's watering down of criminal gang laws that could see dozens of clubhouses across Queensland reopen.

He said he was aware of the Bandidos and Life and Death clubhouses in Toowoomba that have been successfully shut down by the police, thanks to the LNP's tough VLAD laws.

Trevor Watts is warning criminal gangs will return to Toowoomba.
Trevor Watts is warning criminal gangs will return to Toowoomba. Bev Lacey

Mr Watts said the laws meant it was only a matter of time before the clubhouse would again be teeming with gang members getting up to trouble.

He said the new laws would see police tied up in lengthy legal proceedings, instead of preventing gangs from setting up shop. 

"Police will now be forced to apply to the Supreme Court to shut down a clubhouse," he said.

"So if you have a bikie haunt in your back yard, it could take months or even years to get it shut down.

"Meanwhile, the drug deals, the wild parties and the other antics will continue and there won't be anything anyone can do about it."



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