Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Concernovera[euro][approximately]dobsquad'; Fears Outlaws Will Use Bounties as Revenge on Enemies

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Concernovera[euro][approximately]dobsquad'; Fears Outlaws Will Use Bounties as Revenge on Enemies

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Byline: OWEN JACQUES

OUTLAW bikie gangs could profit from a Newman Government crackdown with fears clubs will use the state's bounties as a way of taking revenge on their enemies.

As part of a sweeping campaign against criminal motorcycle gangs and trumpeted by Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, the State Government plans to offer a bounty in an effort to score critical information about drug labs or weapons from the public.

A pool of $5 million allows for rewards of up to $500,000 for those whose insight helps police prosecute or shut down an entire gang.

Crime Stoppers Queensland will be handling the rewards, but the reliance on anonymous tips means there is often no way to know who is passing on the information.

New South Wales Police Minister Michael Gallacher's own state is grappling with bikies, but will not copy Queensland's example.

According to a spokeswoman for Mr Gallacher: "We would have concerns that any such scheme in NSW would be used by criminal gangs to settle scores. …

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