Police have launched a special operation targeting WA bikies in an effort to quell rising tensions between outlaw gangs in Perth.
State Crime Acting Commander Kim Massam said Operation Seagrass would involve police stepping up efforts to dismantle the criminal gangs and avoid a potential bikie war.
The announcement came just hours after a drive-by shooting in Calista, south of Perth, in which a 53-year-old man was hospitalised with a serious gunshot wound.
“It is a reaction to a number of activities over the last couple of weeks that have caused concern,” Acting Commander Massam said.
“Operation Seagrass is in place to ensure community safety and send a message to the outlaw motorcycle gang community that the West Australian Police are serious in our endeavours to ensure they do not disturb our safe community.”
Acting Commander Massam said a series of tattoo parlour fires in Perth’s south and another drive by shooting at a home in Waikiki earlier this month were linked to the rising tensions.
“We are concerned that their behaviour is escalating but I must communicate that this is behaviour among themselves and the community has not been targeted in any way,” he said.