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Ten arrested and banning orders issued following high-visibility 'Operation Eris' - Kings Cross

Monday, 18 July 2022 04:21:22 AM

Police have arrested ten people and issued three multi-venue banning orders to known OMCG affiliates, during a high-visibility operation in Kings Cross overnight.

Operation Eris was established by officers from Kings Cross Police Area Command to prevent and disrupt crime and anti-social behaviour throughout the local area, particularly in areas with licenced premises and restaurants.

The proactive, high-visibility operation utilised intelligence to target known members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and Organised Criminal Networks.

During the operation, local police were assisted by specialist resources from Raptor Squad, Operation Support Group, Licensing Unit, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport Command, and the Dog and Mounted Unit.

Three men aged 24, 27 and 39 – who are known OMCG affiliates – were issued multi-venue banning orders, which prohibits entry to any licenced premises in the Kings Cross area for five years.

The operation also resulted in ten people arrested and 12 charges laid.

Superintendent Chris Nicholson, Kings Cross Police Area Commander, said that Operation ERIS is an ongoing initiative to help ensure Kings Cross remains a safe and friendly place for people to come and enjoy a night out with friends, without the fear of anti-social behaviour and violence.

“Operation ERIS provides safety and reassurance to the local community; safety for patrons and licensed premises; and makes it difficult for members of outlaw motorcycle gangs and organised criminal networks to be seen and do their business in Kings Cross,” Superintendent Nicholson said.

“Using our intelligence and a wide range of policing resources we will identify members of OMCG and OCN and use available police powers to prevent them entering licensed premises and the broader precinct.

“Through the deployment of a wide range of policing resources the NSWPF will ensure the safe return of patrons to Kings Cross, and the early identification of OMCG and OCN members who are not welcome and will be removed using all available police powers,” he said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Paul Toole said it was important for local residents and patrons to feel safe and welcomed in the Kings Cross entertainment precinct.

“We want to see our night time economy thrive and that means seeing people out with their family or friends enjoying themselves in a safe manner,” Mr Toole said.

“The message is simple, if you are part of a criminal organised network or you associated with one, you are not welcome here.

“You can also expect to receive ongoing attention from our police regardless of where you go and who you associate with.”

During the operation, police conducted 100 random breath tests on drivers in the area and 20 business inspections, with 28 Traffic Infringement Notices issued and one man was charged with mid-range PCA.

Officers from Kings Cross Police Area Command will continue to conduct similar high-visibility proactive patrols in the area.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stopers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.