Don’t be fooled by the picture revealed on the weekend of The West Australian chief reporter Ben Harvey having fun with a Mr Whippy with notorious WA underworld determine Troy Mercanti, there may be nothing sweet about the reality of being in a bikie gang.
As somebody who has reported on the actions of bikies on this State for years, Harvey is aware of higher than most what such a life entails, and instructed The West Live at the moment it is usually no mattress of roses for the police tasked with bringing them to justice.
The reporter heard from some of these cops after his unique interview with the bikie appeared in The West Australian on Saturday, with the coppers eager to make sure their aspect of the story wasn’t forgotten
“The Gang Crimes Squad are, indisputably, the hardest cops that we’ve got on the beat in Western Australia, in all probability in Australia,” Harvey stated.
“They mainly bust bikies, that’s what they do; they collect intelligence and so they spend their days and their nights rolling round of their automobiles making life insufferable for patched members and nominees of our dozen or so bikie squads.”
Inside this squad is a crack unit referred to as the Gang Response Group, and Harvey stated should you ever end up pulled over by officers with the letters “GRT” on their uniforms you higher be well mannered otherwise you’ll “have a really unhealthy day”.
“The Gang Response Group take no crap from anybody … and so they do their job with a bit of a swagger as nicely, I’d say.”
The veteran reporter stated he had not acquired any direct suggestions from Mercanti or the Mongols, however he has heard the story was learn very carefully by members of the membership.
“I’ve no direct contact with any patched member of any gang, so any message you get is thru a good friend of a good friend’s lawyer, however what I heard was that they felt I used to be true to my phrase that I might report on what I noticed,” Harvey revealed.
“I don’t suppose they had been in love with it, however so long as everybody hates it the identical, you’ve executed your job.”
Harvey additionally spoke about the time, years in the past, when police had been given credible intelligence the Coffins Cheaters had been out to bash him, and whether or not it was only a coincidence his residence had been damaged into and solely his work briefcase was stolen.
Learn his unique interview with Mercanti here.