POLICE say they were
ordered to take a softly-softly
approach to an outlaw motorcycle
gang and were forced to ignore
bikies riding at up to 140km/h.
16 police cars and a helicopter costing
$4000 an hour were used to "monitor" the
Rebels bikies as they rode through
Victoria late last week.
involved in tracking more than 400
bikies down the Hume Highway said
yesterday they were told not to
intercept them for minor traffic
Rebels members on their way to Victoria
for the national run were stopped twice
in NSW for alcohol and drug tests,
roadworthy and registration checks and
checks for outstanding warrants.
Police spokeswoman said the bikies had
been "monitored, not escorted", and no
incidents of speeding had been reported,
but several police involved in the
operation have told the Herald Sun
speeds of up to 40km/h over the limit
he had seen bikies in the convoy
travelling up to 140km/h almost a dozen
times, but could not take action because
of official instructions.
from Wodonga, Wangaratta, Shepparton,
Benalla, Seymour, Craigieburn and
Fawkner were involved in last Friday's
association secretary Greg Davies said
some members were "less than impressed"
at being directed to ride shotgun for
the mob instead of enforcing the laws of
astonishing the difference in police
attitudes in NSW, where they deal with
these people appropriately, and
Victoria, where we are reduced to
providing an escort for a royal tour of
the state," Sen Sgt Davies said.
spokeswoman said the Rebels were
expected to ride to Mildura, where extra
resources had been placed and
"interception activities" planned.
plans had to be changed on Friday when
they learned the bikies and 30 support
vehicles would be heading to Melbourne
have a clubhouse in Sunshine West, where
police and ambulance crews were called
to attend an injured man on Saturday
got to the clubhouse, in an industrial
estate, they were told they were not
required and that the man's injuries had
been self-inflicted with a knuckle
is Australia's largest outlaw motorcycle
group, with about 2000 members and at
least 70 chapters across Australia.