Arrests over nightclub brawl

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Five men have been arrested by officers from the Gang Squad’s Strike Force Raptor after investigations into a Penrith nightclub brawl.


Police were told a fight started in the main bar of the nightclub on the intersection of High and Station streets, Penrith, about 12.20am on Sunday, September 18.

The altercation then moved into the car park with a total of 20 people involved at various times throughout the course of the incident.

Four people suffered minor injuries and were taken from the scene by friends.

Half the group fled the scene on foot along Station Street, while the other half ran along Union Street.

The incident was not reported to police until the following day, with a short-term closure order sought by police and granted under the Liquor Act by Parramatta Local Court to temporarily close the nightclub.

Investigations to date have indicated the brawl allegedly involved members of the Rebels and Lone Wolf outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Yesterday, officers from Strike Force Raptor conducted five simultaneous search warrants at homes in Rouse Hill, Prospect, Lalor Park and Riverstone.

Four men were arrested during the raids with a fifth man arrested at Quakers Hill Police Station later in the day. Police also seized small amounts of drugs from some of the premises.

The men were each charged with affray with two men additionally charged with drug offences. They were all granted conditional bail to appear at Blacktown Local Court next month.

Further arrests are expected.

Investigators are also urging anyone with information about the incident who has not yet spoken to police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be supplied anonymously and dealt with in strict confidence.

Strike Force Raptor was established by the State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad in 2009 and is a proactive, high-impact operation targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs and their alleged associated criminal enterprises.

Anyone wishing to assist Strike Force Raptor with information in relation to outlaw motorcycle gangs is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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