Eighteen people have been charged with offences ranging from assault to stealing after two large brawls involving members of the Bandidos bikie gang and another outlaw motorcycle club on Queensland's Gold Coast overnight.
Police reportedly used stun guns to disperse about 60 people involved in the first brawl outside a Broadbeach restaurant around 8:30pm (AEST).
According to the Queensland Police, a large group of men believed to be members of a bikie gang became involved in an altercation with another man, also thought to be a gang member.
Police arrested four men and took them to the Southport Watchhouse where, a short time later, a second disturbance occurred involving a group of men believed to be members of a bikie gang.
More arrests were made and three motorcycle gang members were taken to hospital, although they were not badly hurt, the police said in a statement.
Four male police officers also sustained injuries in the brawls but did not require medical treatment, the statement said.
A total of 18 people have been charged with offences including public nuisance, assault, obstruct police, assault police, disorderly on licensed premises and an unrelated stealing matter.
Police have increased patrols in the area in response to the violence.
The Police Commissioner, Police Minister and the Attorney-General will address the media this afternoon.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24 hours a day.