Image: Police arrested 10 people in a major operation in Kings Cross early this morning. Photo: NSW Police.
By ERIN MODARO
Police have cracked down on motorcycle gang members and organised criminal networks in Kings Cross early this morning, arresting 10 people and handing out 3 multi-venue bans. Police say known members of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, as well as those associated with criminal networks, were targeted in a “proactive, high-visibility operation”.
Local police were accompanied by specialist police squads, including a dog unit, in the operation named ‘Eris’, which has been established to “prevent and disrupt crime and anti-social behaviour throughout the local area”.
Police says people associated with criminal networks “not welcome” in The Cross
Superintendent Chris Nicholson, Kings Cross Police Area Commander, said that the operation “provides safety and reassurance to the local community; safety for patrons and licensed premises; and makes it difficult for members of outlaw motorcycle gangs and organised criminal networks to be seen and do their business in Kings Cross.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Paul Toole said that Operation Eris is designed to “see our night-time economy thrive” and ensure people can enjoy nights out in Kings Cross safely.
“If you are part of a criminal organised network or you associated with one, you are not welcome here.”
Three known affiliates of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, aged 24, 27 and 39, were handed bans to all Kings Cross licensed venues for 5 years.
Police say similar high-visibility operations in the area are expected to go ahead in the future.
“You can also expect to receive ongoing attention from our police regardless of where you go and who you associate with” Deputy Premier Toole said.