More than 30 people wearing the badges of the Bandidos and Outlaws gangs attended the Devonport Pro Boxing Tournament (link is external).
Western District Commander Jonathan Higgins said there were tensions between the two group during the tournament that came to a head outside the venue after the event ended.
He said police officers had to stand between the two groups to prevent the situation from escalating as they hurled abuse at each other.
“There was potential for it to escalate from just a verbal confrontation to being physical,” he said.
“They had no regard for the rest of the public [at the tournament] and the tensions between them had the potential to spill over if the police weren't there.”
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While no charges were laid, Commander Higgins said the presence of the two groups was “intimidating to the public”.
“Poor behaviour will not be tolerated by members of these outlaw motorcycle gangs or members of the public,” he said.
Commander Higgins said there’d be a heavy police presence in the North-West later this week as the Bandidos start a run across Tasmania.
“The public can be reassured that with the upcoming Bandidos national run that we will be keeping a close eye on the groups,” he said.
“We will have an increased, visible police presence and (the public) should not be alarmed.”
The promoter of the Devonport Pro Boxing Tournament Craig Woods said he was unaware of the incident.
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