The Gate Keepers’ Halifax clubhouse on Fern Lane
|The recent opening of two new Gate Keepers motorcycle club chapters in Nova Scotia is a sign of the Hells Angels’ growing interests in the province, police say. The Gate Keepers, who already had existing chapters on the Eastern Shore and South Shore and in Pictou and Kings counties, have opened shop in North Sydney and Halifax since July.|
The North Sydney chapter is located at 58 Tobin St. and the Halifax clubhouse is at 2683 Fern Lane.
|“It’s a push by the Hells Angels to expand,” Cpl. Mike Kerr of the combined forces intelligence unit said Friday. “Clearly, they want to show an interest in Halifax.” The building’s owner is listed as LNI Holdings Inc.|
The Cape Breton clubhouse is owned by Clarence Michael Blaine Slade. RCMP have previously said they believe the Hells Angels intend to open a chapter in Nova Scotia, something that hasn’t existed since a Halifax clubhouse shut down in 2003.
The storefront of Twisted Needs and Novelties in New Glasgow
|There’s been a rapid expansion of the Gate Keepers.|
The first Gate Keepers chapter opened in Musquodoboit Harbour in February 2013 and has 18 to 20 members, Cullen said. The second chapter came into existence four months later when Bridgewater’s Darksiders patched over to become Gate Keepers, which now has nine members. A New Glasgow Gate Keepers chapter started with nine members this April.
A chapter with six or seven members opened in Centreville, Kings County, at the end of July.
|A support club for the Hells Angels has set up in Stratford, Ontario. The Gate Keepers, who have chapters from southwestern Ontario to the Maritimes, have been in Stratford “for months” and have leased a Downie Street building, police Chief John Bates confirmed.|
“They do as directed by the Hells Angels,” he said. “Hells Angels insulate themselves from criminal activity, so they utilize support clubs to conduct that insulation and to basically do the dirty work for them.”
Peterborough police seized an ounce of cocaine on Downie Street Thursday July 3.