St Albans man helping police


Tara Murray

A St Albans man is helping police with their inquiries as part of an operation into illicit firearms use in Melbourne’s north west and Ballarat.

Detectives have issued a number of Firearm Prohibition Orders (FPOs) to individuals who are known members of the NOMADS Motorcycle gang.

Firearm Prohibition Orders are a legislative provision that give police specific powers to proactively respond to, disrupt and prevent firearm-related crime in Victoria and keep the community safe.

A 33-year-old man from St Albans was issued with an FPO as part of the operation. Officers seized an extendable baton during a search of a St Albans property, but no arrests were made and inquiries are ongoing.

Once issued, an FPO remains in effect for 10 years for adults and five years for children between 14 and 17 years of age.

During that time, the individual is prohibited from acquiring, possessing, carrying or using any firearm related item such as ammunition.

Echo Taskforce’s Senior Sergeant Alan Rumble said outlaw motorcycle gangs remain a significant national problem.

“Yesterday’s enforcement sends a clear message to chapter members – you cannot hide and police will use every power they have to prevent you from causing harm.”