Members of the Life and Death motorcycle club rolled down Albion St yesterday afternoon. Katie Cameron
Members of the Life and Death motorcycle club rolled down Albion St yesterday afternoon. Katie Cameron Erin Smith

Police intercept bikies at Warwick

DOZENS of police officers converged in the Rose City yesterday afternoon to intercept a large group of bikie gang members travelling through Warwick.

The operation was part of the Queensland police force's efforts to stifle criminal bikie gang activity across the sunshine state.

Logos embroidered across the back of the bikies' jackets indicated the riders were from the Toowoomba and Ipswich branches of the Life and Death motorcycle club.

Motorists travelling through the Bracker Rd and New England Hwy intersection between 1.45pm and 2.15pm would have seen a number of police, police vehicles, and bikes pulled over in the road reserve.

However, neither Warwick police nor the Toowoomba police communications staff were able to shed any light on the operation or how they knew the bikies were travelling through the Warwick.

But a Queensland police media spokesman said police intercepted the bikie gang as part of the state's crackdown on criminal motorbike club activity.

"The group were intercepted but no offences were detected by the police and they were let go," he said.

"It is part of the Queensland police ongoing policing of criminal motorbike gangs across Queensland."

The operation comes less than a week after Queensland opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk voiced her fears on the government's crackdown on criminal motorbike gangs.

Ms Palaszczuk said the outlaw gangs would just end up moving from the metropolitan centres such as the Gold Coast and Brisbane to regional areas.

Last Friday Ms Palaszczuk said she was willing to work with the State Government to deal with the situation.

"I want to work constructively with the Newman Government in relation to this issue," she said.

"But, I want the full facts, the full information and the full details.

"I have been told absolutely nothing."

Ms Palaszczuk said the Opposition would not hold up the legislation, which is expected to be introduced into State Parliament on October 15, but she wants it to go through the correct procedures.

"Not only do I want to see it, I demand that it goes through the committee process," she said.

"We do not want it to be rushed through.

"We do not want to see any new laws being challenged in the high court."