Hells Angels splinter group eyes Surrey
A plan by a breakaway group of Hells Angels to set up a new chapter for the motorcycle group in Surrey will be met with resistance, according to the head of Surrey's RCMP detachment.
Supt. Bill Fordy pledged to do everything possible to counter the planned establishment of a new group and clubhouse by Hells Angels formerly with the White Rock chapter.
“Outlaw motorcycle gangs are not welcome here or anywhere else," Fordy said. "If the Hells Angels expect to set up a clubhouse in Surrey, I am serving
them notice right here and now that they are not welcome. I will use
every lawful means at my disposal to ensure they understand that."
The Hells Angels' White Rock chapter has a clubhouse on an acreage in Langley, but a splinter group of members there are reportedly calling themselves the West Point chapter and aim to establish themselves in Surrey.
Fordy called it an "emerging threat" but wouldn't say what strategies or tactics Mounties might use to counter the outlaw bikers.
"I will say that I have allocated resources that I am confident will allow us to meet this threat head on.”
Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts said she's discussed the issue with Fordy.
"I've heard the rumours," she said. "As officer in charge, (Fordy) said the RCMP will deal with it and look into what the intentions are."
There's been no application to the city for permitting to establish a new clubhouse.
"We haven't had anything come before the city at this point in time," Watts said.
She said Surrey's Crime Reduction Strategy and the sheer number of RCMP officers based in the city will make in an unwelcome environment.
Detachment Mounties also have nearby backup from the Gang Enforcement Team and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, B.C.'s integrated task force on organized crime.
A new Hells Angels chapter would be the ninth in B.C.