20 Oct 2013

Charges laid under Queensland anti-bikie laws

2:02 pm on 20 October 2013

Two men have been charged under Queensland's tough new anti-bikie laws and both have been refused bail.

The new legislation, passed last week with bipartisan support, names 26 bikie groups as criminal organisations, including the Bandidos, Finks and Mongols.

It restricts their members' and associates' movements and meetings, and increases minimum sentences for their crimes. There are also plans for a bikie-only prison at Woodford, north of Brisbane, the ABC reports.

On Saturday, a 25-year-old alleged member of a Gold Coast bikie gang appeared in Southport Magistrates Court accused of possessing amphetamines, a Red Devils bikie vest and Hells Angels supporter gear.

His solicitor says the man was charged after police raided his home on Friday night and denies any links to bikies.

He says police are alleging the man is a member of the Red Devils Motorcycle Gang, which police believe is a "feeder club" for the Hells Angels.

In a separate arrest in Mount Isa, a man wearing a Rebels belt buckle in a local hotel has been charged under the new laws.

Police say the 51-year-old was at the hotel and started yelling abuse at officers who were on patrol on Saturday.

He was charged with being drunk and disorderly and entering and remaining in a licensed premises when wearing a prohibited item.

He has been refused bail under the new laws and will appear in the local magistrates court.