Three bikies charged after Ballarat nightclub robbery

Police executing a warrant at the Finks CBD clubhouse in Ballarat on Monday. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Police executing a warrant at the Finks CBD clubhouse in Ballarat on Monday. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

THREE men will face court today after being charged with aggravated burglary, intentionally cause serious injury, robbery and prohibited person possess firearm on Monday night.

Anthony Martelli, 38-years-old from Smythes Creek, Chad Salvemini, 35-years-old from Wendouree and Graham Hudgson, 34-years-old from Wendouree, faced an out of sessions hearing in Ballarat following an alleged robbery and assault which occurred at Camp Street nightclub Haida on Saturday. 

The men are believed to be members of the Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Club, whose CBD clubhouse was raided by members of the Echo Taskforce and Ballarat police on Monday morning.  

The warrants were executed after staff members and patrons at the Camp Street premises were allegedly assaulted and the venue was allegedly robbed shortly after midnight on Saturday morning.

As part of the operation, seven premises across the region were raided and three men were arrested, believed to members of the outlaw Finks Motorcycle Gang. 

Ballarat Police Superintendent Andrew Allen said it was important for police to send a clear message to the motorcycle club.

"We know that the Finks are trying to establish themselves up here and if this is their attempt to try and muscle in and establish themselves as an outlaw motorcycle gang chapter in Ballarat, we will be there to arrest them, take them into custody and put them before the courts," he said. 

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