1000 Rebels bikies ride into Perth today on national
HUNDREDS of Rebels bikie gang members have
reached the gang's Perth clubhouse in Osborne Park, ending their
national run across the country.
The run brings together chapters from across Australia,
led by national and world president Alex 'The Maltese Falcon' Vella.
Some 800 Rebels rode into the West Australian capital just
after 3pm, joining about 200 of their local fellow gang members - who
represent the largest chapter in Australia.
They arrived in the state on Tuesday, spending time in
Norseman before travelling to the historic gold mining town of Kalgoorlie on
It's understood some quietly sunk drinks in their hotel
and motel rooms, given they were banned from entering licensed venues.
They have brought plenty of business to roadhouses and
been met with the state's biggest police presence since the Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting in 2011.
Members of the public lined the route with their cameras,
from Perth's Hills region into the city, posting dozens of photographs of
the spectacle on social media.
Rebels bikies make their way through Sawyers Valley. Picture:
Grant Wynne, ABC / TwitterSource: PerthNow
On their arrival at the clubhouse - more than an hour earlier than expected
and with police helicopters buzzing overhead - the bikies were met by a lone
journalist from Fairfax radio, whose tiny Mazda 2 was swamped by Harley
"It's party time,'' one bikie was heard saying.
The gang almost made it to Perth without an arrest, but at
about 2.30pm one 34-year-old rider was arrested for hindering police and
resisting arrest when he was stopped for a vehicle check at Northam.
On Monday, a 53-year-old member was seriously hurt after
he hit a kangaroo about 30km east of Madura on Eyre Highway.
He was part of a small group travelling ahead of the main
pack, which was still on the South Australian side of the border.