Mongols national president Nick ‘The Knife’ Forbes arrested

Notorious bikie boss Nick ‘The Knife’ Forbes has been arrested moments after stepping off a plane to awaiting detectives and federal agents.

The 52-year-old was handcuffed by Northern Territory Gangs Taskforce detectives and Australian Federal Police agents after arriving at Darwin Airport about 12.30am on Tuesday, Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

The Gold Coast-based Mongols national president was arrested in connection to an alleged violent assault of a Hells Angels bikie at a Darwin club about eight years ago.

Authorities in the Northern Territory also sought Forbes over a failure to appear in court charge about a decade ago when he was in custody in South Australia following a 2011 brawl in Adelaide with Hells Angels.

It was understood Forbes flew into the Northern Territory voluntarily from Brisbane, with his lawyer Michael Gatenby, in the lead up to the Mongols’ national run in the Top End.

“It’s not like we knew they (police) weren’t coming,” Forbes said as he was led by police to a paddy wagon, according to the publication.

Mr Gatenby told Courier Mail his client had been intending on surrendering to police once he arrived.

He added Forbes would be applying for bail in Darwin Local Court later on Tuesday, which police were expected to oppose.

Forbes finished parole earlier this year following a jail term in South Australia and Queensland.

He was released from South Australian prison in 2019 then extradited to Queensland where he faced charges over an alleged cold call investment scam. The investigation is ongoing.

Forbes reportedly wasted no time reasserting himself in the Mongols after his return, kicking out multiple high-profile Melbourne members including Toby Mitchell and Sam “The Punisher” Abdulrahim.

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