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Finks' Warwick visits recorded

RECORDS of visits to Warwick by the notorious Finks bikie gang dating back to the 1990s have formed part of a Queensland Police application to have their Gold Coast chapter declared a criminal organisation.

Allegations of a world of nightclubs, drug trafficking, weapons, extortion, violence and rape over two decades are outlined in the Supreme Court application, which runs to thousands of pages.

The material details men allegedly seen sporting Finks colours - including slogans, 1% symbols, the Bung cartoon character from the Wizard of Id or tattoos such as "Terror Team" - across Queensland's south-east.

With its highway location making Warwick a popular destination of choice for the Finks and other motorcycle groups, every time police spotted alleged Gold Coast Finks members visiting here over the last 20 years, they recorded it.

The documents talk of men using children's etch-a-sketch magic drawing boards or whiteboards to communicate with each other so police bugs in their homes could not detect their illegal activities.

Covert officers detail sitting around watching Sopranos with the outlaw motorcycle gang members where tales of rape and violence unfold on a regular basis.

Transcripts from bugged houses reveal conversations about using household paint and gap filler to fix bullet holes in cars.

Police allege the organisation has a set of rules which govern behaviour, sanctions for non-attendance at motorcycle rallies, club meetings and confidentiality.

"All members must own a British or American-manufactured motorcycle with a four-stroke engine," the application reads.

"Within the organisation is a group identified as the Finks Terror Team whose major function is the extortion of money by a system known as Finks Fines.

"The organisation is an unacceptable risk to the safety, welfare and order of the community."

Another outlaw motorcycle gang hit the headlines yesterday when two Brisbane Bandidos clubhouses were sprayed with bullets between 4am and 4.30am.

Topics:  bikies crime drugs finks police warwick



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