A notorious street gang looking to set up in Australia has had its members kicked out of the country.
Members of New Zealand’s Mongrel Mob are attempting to establish Australian chapters.
The gang has a reputation for violent conduct in New Zealand, and its members have been kicked out of Western Australia as they attempt to grow their influence in Perth.
Five members of the gang have been booted out of the state, The Weekend West reported.
The Mongrel Mob has attempted to gain a foothold in Perth by moving members to the city from other Australian chapters or from New Zealand.
The gang also has its own Facebook page, ‘Mongrel Mob Australia’, featuring photos of heavily-tattooed gang members riding motorcycles.
Police have been working to identify members of the gang who are not Australian citizens and can therefore be targeted for deportation.
One of the gang members to be deported was senior leader Joe Edmonds who was caught at Perth Airport in 2017 trying to bring gang uniforms into Western Australia.
His visa was cancelled on ‘character grounds’ and he was put on a plane back to New Zealand.
Australian Border Force WA regional commander Rod O’Donnell said they wanted to protect the community from ‘violent’ gangs.
A police spokesperson said: ‘The WA Police Force is aware of the presence in Western Australia of a small number of people with links to the Mongrel Mob street gang’.
‘Through the gang crime squad we are actively monitoring those people.’
Several Mongrel Mob chapters remain in Western Australia despite the deportations.
The Mongrel Mob is the fourth gang to try and set up in Western Australia in the past two years, sparking calls for the toughening up of bikie laws amid concerns the state is seen as an easy target.