police are preparing for the annual national run of the Rebels
bikie gang driving into Perth.
UP to 1000 Rebels bikies preparing to descend on
Perth for their national run have been warned not to enter pubs or clubs
during their time in Western Australia. ( is this Nazi Germany? Fuck
WA police will launch a massive operation from Thursday as
they anticipate the arrival of hundreds of Rebels members from all over
Australia and beyond.
Chapters from across the country have begun congregating
in preparation for the run across the Nullarbor, with the bikies expected to
arrive in Perth on Monday or Tuesday next week.
Up to 1000 patched members of the gang will be met with
the state's biggest police presence since the Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting in 2011.
Gang members have been warned that they will be barred
from any licensed premises under a section of the state's liquor licensing
act referring to those "known to be, or associates of, a reputed thief,
prostitute, supplier of unlawful drugs, or person convicted of an offence
involving unlawful drugs or violence".
Detective Senior Sergeant Jeff Christmass said he was
expecting no trouble from the Rebels, who are set to be led by national
president Alex Vella.
"WA police have been planning for this for many months,
and we don't expect there to be any trouble - but having said that
motorcycle gangs are always unpredictable," Sgt Christmass said.
"We are prepared to do anything we need to do to make the
community safe. From the minute they cross the WA border, we will be
The Rebels will be met by hundreds of officers from units
including the state's armed Tactical Response Group to be managed by the
gang crime squad.
They will be followed from the WA border into Perth, where
they are expected to congregate at the Rebels' WA clubhouse in Osborne Park,
which will be watched 24 hours a day.
Airports will also be monitored for Rebels from
international chapters arriving.