Police seek witnesses to alleged Woden bikie brawl
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Police seek witnesses to alleged Woden bikie brawl

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an alleged bikie brawl that broke out in a busy Woden club last month, leading patrons - including children - to fear for their lives.

Police have so far arrested six men over the incident, which occurred on January 18 in Phillip, and led to several at the scene receiving medical attention. More than six alleged motocycle gang members are still on the run.

ACT Policing Detective Superintendent Scott Moller is seeking witnesses to an incident between bikie gangs in Phillip.

ACT Policing Detective Superintendent Scott Moller is seeking witnesses to an incident between bikie gangs in Phillip.Credit:Karleen Minney

"It was significant violence and people who were sitting around the area were scared for their lives," Detective Superintendent Scott Moller, said.

Officers arrested five men on one day, and one man on another day recently, Detective Superintendent Moller said. All have been charged with one count of affray and have been bailed under strict conditions to face court at a later date.

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The alleged perpetrators were identified using CCTV, and victims who were at the scene are cooperating with police, Detective Superintendent Moller said.

When asked why officers decided not to alert the public and the media to the alleged incident until nearly a month after it occurred, Detective Superintendent Moller said police didn't want to jeoperadise the investigation.

It's alleged the more than dozen men involved in the attack were known to police and are local outlaw motorcycle group members.

"There are four [motorcycle outlaw] clubs in Canberra ... and [violence] is a growing problem between all the clubs," Detective Superintendent Moller said.

"I'm really looking for the effect this had on our witnesses."

ACT Policing would not say which clubs were allegedly involved in the incident, or at what venue it occurred.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

With Monty Jacka

Cassandra Morgan is a reporter at The Canberra Times. She was previously a breaking news reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.

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