Police keep pressure on gangs in Nelson

Police keep pressure on gangs in Nelson

National News

Police in Nelson kept a close watch on motorbike riders who chose to continue with a poker run, despite the hosts, the Red Devils, being unable to attend.

All members of the Red Devils and a number of their associates remain in custody after brief appearances at the Nelson District Court this morning.

Fourteen people will reappear in Court on Tuesday and three have been remanded in custody until 1 April.

Meanwhile members of the Hells Angels took over organisation of the poker run, which police said attracted about 80 riders at its peak, but had dwindled to about 60 once the ride got under way.

Nelson Bays Area Commander, Inspector Brian McGurk said Police followed the poker run and received tremendous support from the general public along the way.

“Our job is to ensure people’s safety and the public were clearly appreciative of that.”

Inspector McGurk said Police were delighted that the licensees at virtually all bars visited by the poker run declined to entertain the event.

Police set up a road block during the run, breath testing riders and checking the roadworthiness of bikes.

In total 43 infringement notices were given out and eight bikes were green stickered.

Inspector McGurk said Nelson Police would continue to monitor the visiting Hells Angels and other bikers closely until they departed the area.