Police have arrested 54 people as part of a major police operation over four nights targeting the state’s worst street gangs.
The crackdown, named ‘Operation Alliance’, connected police from Brimbank, Wyndham and Melbourne last weekend and resulted in the arrest of 54 people for offences including burglary, car theft, weapons possession, robbery and unlicensed driving.
The operation finished on Tuesday morning.
More than 50 at risk young people – such as siblings or associates of serious offenders – were also connected to support services as part of the operation.
Of those arrested, 24 were aged 25 and under and had links to street gangs, according to police, while a further 30 adults were taken into custody with links to street gangs or serious violent crime.
Over 300 “persons of interest” were also questioned which, police say, “led to greater intelligence holdings to assist future investigations”.
Of the 100 bail compliance checks carried out by police over the four days, there were 45 breaches.
Police also believe they disrupted a planned brawl between youths in the Brimbank area saturating the planned fight location and surrounding local roads, public transport hubs and parks with officers.