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DEADLY CLASHES: Lust for blood ends in mas­sacres

As ter­ri­fied by­standers scur­ried for cover be­hind cars and trees, the bik­ers at­tacked each other, shot­gun blasts and ri­fle fire ring­ing out through the noise and con­fu­sion.

Over 200 po­lice of­fi­cers were called to the scene, but they ar­rived too late to pre­vent the car­nage. Twenty peo­ple were se­verely in­jured, seven were killed: four Co­mancheros and two Ban­di­dos. A teenage girl died af­ter be­ing shot in the face.

The Milperra Massacre made it clear that the Ban­di­dos were in town – and that they would be a force to reckon with.

In the af­ter­math of the massacre, po­lice charged 43 peo­ple. None of the ac­cused from ei­ther side were will­ing to tes­tify in court.

Jock Ross was sin­gled out by the judge in the trial as be­ing pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for the vi­o­lence. He was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment. Seven other Co­mancheros also re­ceived life sen­tences. Six­teen Ban­di­dos got 14 years for man­slaugh­ter.” ALEX Caine reck­ons the Ban­di­dos have their sights firmly set on world dom­i­na­tion, and Eng­land is fast be­com­ing a key stomp­ing ground.

He says: “De­spite a busi­ness truce be­tween the Ban­di­dos and the Hells An­gels, there con­tin­ues to be con­flict and ex­pan­sion all over Europe.

The Ban­di­dos and the An­gels are un­likely ever to co-ex­ist peace­fully. And it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore an­other round of hos­til­i­ties some­where spi­rals be­yond its lo­cal bor­der and sends biker clubs around the world into an all-out ef­fort to de­stroy one an­other.

Out­side of North Amer­ica, the ma­jor biker gangs carry on with busi­ness as usual, which for them means a con­stantly shift­ing land­scape of ex­pan­sion, con­trac­tion, and the re­sult­ing power strug­gles con­tinue.

The names and lo­ca­tions may change, but the bat­tles do not. In fact, look­ing around the world, there are signs they may in­ten­sify.

When it comes to the Ban­di­dos, there are 96 patched chap­ters.

Euro­pean au­thor­i­ties have made dozens of ar­rests and seizures, with lit­tle or no ap­par­ent ef­fect on the growth of the biker gangs.

Law en­force­ment can at least be grate­ful that the al­liance be­tween the Ban­di­dos and the Out­laws has grown along with the clubs’ ter­ri­to­ries, with both treat­ing the Hells An­gels as their pri­mary ri­val as they do in North Amer­ica. A three-way con­flict be­tween the gangs would have dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences on the streets.

As it is, the vi­o­lence con­tin­ues. In Jan­uary 2008 three Hells An­gels were at­tacked in Birm­ing­ham, Eng­land. Wit­nesses de­scribed the at­tack­ers as “us­ing metal bars, chains and knives”.

Europol re­cently warned UK cops to in­crease their aware­ness of biker gangs like the Ban­di­dos fol­low­ing a surge in num­bers.

A spokesman said: “Es­tab­lish­ing a chap­ter on the turf of an­other gang is in­ter­preted as an act of provo­ca­tion. This is likely to re­sult in vi­o­lent con­fronta­tions which could in­clude the use of Kalash­nikovs and ex­plo­sive de­vices such as grenades.

“Given the sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion of gangs in Europe, we have in­formed law en­force­ment part­ners of the risk of clashes.”

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