Northern Territory police say three
members of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Club were involved in a minor
crash in Tennant Creek today.
The crash is believed to have been caused by an oil
drum falling off the back of a caravan and creating a large oil slick on
Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Schiller says the
accident occurred on the main street of Tennant Creek.
"Unfortunately, three of them got themselves tangled
up and fell off their bikes," he told 783 Drive's Rohan Barwick.
"Fortunately, I think it was just egos that were hurt
and a bit of damage to their bikes...Tennant Creek police were able to
offer them some emotional support and they're back on the road again
Members of various chapters of Rebels Outlaw
Motorcycle Club are en route to Perth, with a contingent of about 20
police officers accompanying them down the Stuart Highway.
The bikers are making their way to a national get
together in Perth on the weekend.
Detective Schiller says they the police escort will
accompany the club members as far as the Northern Territory border at
"They're an organised crime group and it's pretty well
recognised around Australia," he says.
We do feel it's necessary...not only for community
safety but there's a bit of road safety involved too, these guys don't
get out and ride regularly, they're not so used to riding on the open
Police say there will be an increased police presence
in Alice Springs tonight where it's expected the bikers will be staying