Police launch operation ahead of Mongols visit to Darwin

October 11, 2022 5:12 pm in by
Local News


NT police will be keeping a close watch on members of the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) as they move across the Territory on their national run.

Members are gathering in Alice Springs in preparation for their ride to Darwin this week.

Motorists travelling on the Stuart Highway are being told to expect to see a large number of motorcyclists riding in groups.

Police say the bikies are expected to arrive in the Top End on Friday afternoon.

Commander Matthew Hollamby is asking drivers to take care on the roads.

“While motorists in the Northern Territory are used to driving with long road trains, clusters of motorcycles can be a bit different,” he says.

“All road users should drive to the conditions and be cautious of the visibility limitations of motorcycle riders.”

Operation Lune has been launched to monitor the activities of Mongols’ members.

It will see police ramp up their presence in Katherine, to ensure safe passage for all motorists through the town.

A 53-year-old man was arrested at Darwin Airport this morning, as part of the operation.

He was arrested for an outstanding warrant that was issued by the Darwin Local Court in 2015.

The 53-year-old was wanted in relation to an alleged aggravated assault at a Darwin City nightclub in 2014.

While OMCGs such as the Mongols are known to be involved in organised crime, Commander Hollamby is reassuring the community that police are taking a proactive approach ahead of their visit.

“The Northern Territory Police in partnership with the Australian Federal Police and other partners as part of the National Anti-Gangs Squad continue to work in collaboration to disrupt and prevent criminal activities of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.”