A 53-YEAR-OLD Seymour man and a 22-year-old Mickleham man are among five people served with firearm prohibition orders, FPOs, by Victoria Police this week in connection with the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

The Seymour and Mickleham men were served with FPOs along with a 43-year-old Richmond man, a 41-year-old Reservoir man and a 56-year-old Essendon man.

An FPO compliance search was also conducted at a Hells Angels clubhouse on Lipton Drive in Thomastown.

A search of the Reservoir man’s property uncovered a loaded handgun and a quantity of steroids.

He was subsequently charged with a range of firearm, drug and bail offences and remanded in custody.

Police said FPOs provided specific powers to proactively respond to, disrupt and prevent firearm-related crime in Victoria.

Once issued, an FPO remains in effect for 10 years for adults and five years for children between the ages of 14 and 17.

During that time, the individual is prohibited from acquiring, possessing, carrying or using any firearm or firearm-related item such as ammunition.

They are also unable to enter a range of premises including firearms dealers, shooting ranges or firearms clubs.

The charges relating to FPOs are significant – 10 years imprisonment for acquiring, possessing, carrying or using a firearm or firearm-related item.

Since they were introduced in May 2018, Victoria Police has issued more than 1000 FPOs across the state.

Anyone with information about outlaw motorcycle gang activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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