Local motorcycle club a cause for concern for Bathurst council

Bathurst's mayor wants to work with neighbouring municipalities to limit the activities of a local motorcycle club in the Chaleur region.

Though the Darksiders North Shore motorcycle club set up shop in Bathurst a few years ago, mayor Paolo Fongemie tells ICI Radio-Canada it only became a concern for council  because of its alleged recent affiliation with the Hell's Angels.

Fongemie says council's concerns grew when the club began sporting "MC" badges on their vests, an acronym for "motorcycle club" which allegedly requires the authorization of the Hell's Angels prior to being displayed.

Fongemie says there was an incident nearly four decades ago involving a motorcycle club called "The Daltons" and that citizens don't want a repeat occurrence.

He says Chaleur region communities could enact bylaws aimed at prohibiting club members from wearing their "colours" in licensed establishments in an effort to deter fights or other violent acts.

Fongemie is also calling on the Gallant government to follow PEI's lead in enacting legislation to control the presence of biker and organized crime groups in that province.

The Bathurst Police Force confirms the Darksiders' affiliation with the Hell's Angels, however did not say weather the local chapter is involved in any criminal activity.

Our news room has reached out to the Darksiders North Shore, the Atlantic Confederation of Clubs & Independents, the City of Bathurst, and the Bathurst Police Force for comment.

(with files from ICI Radio-Canada)