Bandidos members bailed after bashing

TWO Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang members have been released on watchhouse bail after their arrest for a "violent affray" at a Brisbane shopping centre.

The 25-year-olds were allegedly involved in bashing a rival gang member, who was having dinner with his girlfriend, at Mount Gravatt on April 17.

The incident became part of a string of bikie-related violence in south-east Queensland, including a double shooting on the Gold Coast.

State Crime Operations Command's Task Force Hydra detectives charged the two men, believed to be members of the gang's Centro Chapter at Woolloongabba, after early morning raids at New Farm and Sunnybank on Friday.

They will face Brisbane Magistrates Court in June charged with affray which refers to violence in a public place.

They both left the Roma St watchhouse on Friday in hooded jumpers, one clearly marked with "Bandidos MC" and the 1% symbol often used by outlaw gangs.

Detective Superintendent John Sheppard, from Taskforce Hydra, said the arrests demonstrated police commitment to prosecuting outlaw motorcycle gang members and unlawful behaviour that places the public at risk.

He said investigations were continuing into other incidents in the Kilo Aquarius operation and police would make arrests when they could.

"Those allegedly involved in this brawl had connections to OMCGs and while no formal assault complaint was made, the victims in this incident were the business operator and the community," he said.

"We all deserve a sense of safety and the knowledge you can go about your day without becoming an unwitting victim to an incident involving OMCG members or their associates.

"That situation is totally unacceptable and wherever we can, Task Force Hydra will prosecute those involved in such behaviour."

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