25 July 2023

Four Wagga men with alleged Mongols bikie links granted conditional bail

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Raptor Squad police arrested four men last week during an operation targeting outlaw motorcycle gang activity in the Riverina. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Four men with alleged links to the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) have been granted conditional bail following a police operation targeting gang members and associates across the Riverina.

Joshua Eden, 32, Steven Hall, 39, Joshua Warrick Irvine, 40, and Mathew James Goward, 41, fronted Wagga Wagga Local Court on 19 July charged with stalking/intimidating, intending to cause fear and physical harm, affray, and participating in a criminal group.

Magistrate Rebecca Hosking granted the accused men bail on the conditions that they must not be in contact with each other, not wear OMCG colours in a public place, and not go near or contact, or try to go near or contact (except through a legal representative), any prosecution witness.

The conditions also require Irvine to live in Boorooma (Wagga), Eden to live in Tolland (Wagga), Hall to live in The Rock (Wagga) and Goward to live in Hamilton Valley (Albury).

Magistrate Hosking has set their next court appearance for 7 August at Wagga Wagga Local Court.

Raptor Squad South detectives carried out an operation targeting OMCG members and associates from 18-20 July in Griffith and Wagga Wagga.

Those officers and Riverina police executed multiple search warrants across Wagga, in Boorooma, Mount Austin, The Rock and Tolland, following an investigation into reports of an alleged assault and intimidation, on 18 July.

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Eden, Hall and Goward were arrested and taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station, while Irvine was taken to Tumut station.

On 19 July, Raptor Squad officers conducted six firearm prohibition order (FPO) compliance checks across Lake Wyangan and Griffith, targeting alleged Bandidos OMCG members and associates.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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