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Coffin Cheaters ordered

to tear down ‘fortress walls’

Aja Styles

March 3, 2011 – 4:36PM

The 'fortress-style' walls surrounding the Coffin Cheaters' Bayswater clubhouse.The ‘fortress-style’ walls surrounding the Coffin Cheaters’ Bayswater clubhouse.

The Coffin Cheaters motorcycle gang has been given four weeks to remove heavily-fortified walls around its Bayswater headquarters or face having police do the job for them.

The headquarters is the second to be tackled using anti-fortification laws through exceptional powers granted to police by the Corruption and Crime Commission.

WA Police applied to the CCC on the grounds that the fortress-style walls surrounding the premises and its structural design were beyond the norm and that the headquarters was utilised by a significant number of people reasonably believed to be involved in organised crime.

The owners of the Raleigh Road premises, Cheetah Investments Pty Ltd, were given the chance to respond, which they did through lawyers, and police have since pushed ahead with their demands to remove fortification from the premises.

Although the owners had seven days to appeal the decision in the Supreme Court, the timeframe has since lapsed and today they had to accept the police’s conditions set out in a fortifications removal notice.

Police Assistant Commissioner for Crime, Nick Anticich, said Cheetah Investments had until March 25 to modify and remove fortifications to the satisfaction of the Police Commissioner or else have them altered by police to the extent required by the notice.

A rival gang, the Gypsy Jokers, also had their fortress-style walls pulled down at their Maddington headquarters after their appeal to the High Court failed.

Sourced & Published by Henry Sapiecha

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