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Wild WA weather disrupts Rebels plans in national run


Rebels members meet at South Perth during their ride today. Source: PerthNow


Rebels members meet at South Perth during their ride today. Source: PerthNow

WILD weather has disrupted plans for hundreds of Rebels bikies to travel to Rockingham and Fremantle today as part of their national run.

The group rode to South Perth foreshore this morning for a photo but they scrapped plans to travel around the metro area when heavy rain hit Perth.

Instead, national president Alex Vella led members back to their Osborne Park clubhouse, where they bunkered down for the night.

The group was flanked by dozens of police cars and, despite hundreds of patched members travelling together, the Perth leg of the run has been mostly trouble-free.

Gang Crime Squad officer in charge Jeff Christmass said police had dealt with a few minor incidents.

"We're happy with the way everything has gone," Sen Sgt Christmass said.

"We've provided a safe passage for road users and there's been no accidents in relation to that."

Some 800 Rebels from around the country arrived in WA on Tuesday after crossing the Nullarbor.

They were and joined by about 200 Perth members, who represent the largest chapter in Australia.

The group stayed the night in Kalgoorlie on Wednesday before travelling to Northam, where a 34-year-old rider was arrested for hindering police.

The club's national run has been matched by a show of strength from WA Police in what has been the state's biggest police presence since the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2011.

Police have kept a watchful over the gang's Osborne Park clubhouse during their stay in Perth and interstate members plan to leave early Monday.

Sen Sgt Christmass warned motorists to be aware of the group, but say road delays and distractions would be kept to a minimum as they were escorted out of the state.

"While we will be road managing them to make sure that they comply with the traffic laws, we urge road users to be aware that this large group will be on the road," he said.

"We once again want to thank the public for their patience."



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