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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Australia - Sydney tattoo parlour firebombed


Police are investigating links between the petrol bombing of a tattoo parlour in eastern Sydney and bikie gangs.
Two men smashed the front window of the Coogee Ink tattoo parlour and threw a petrol bomb inside around 1am (AEDT)
Thirty residents were evacuated from the Coogee Bay Road building as it caught alight.
No one was injured but the store has been significantly damaged.
Witness Robyn Thorncraft says the petrol bombing was terrifying and woke her up.
"It just sounded like lots of glass smashing and that is why I thought maybe some people have come up from the Coogee Bay Hotel with a bit too much to drink and have tipped over the garbage bins and are throwing the bottles everywhere," she said.
"That is what is sounded like, breaking bottles."
Eastern Beaches Superintendent Gavin Dengate says bikie gang members are known customers of the shop.
"Certainly the tattoo shop is linked to an outlaw motorcycle gang and that is one of a number of inquiries we will be making," he said.
Police are also investigating the bombing in relation to several other incidents which have happened across Sydney this year.