Brothers in arms: The Bandidos outlaw bikie
gang has established itself in WA, "patching
over'' Rock Machine bikies.
The "patch over'' deal means the Bandidos,
which originated in Texas in 1966, now have a WA chapter.
Confirmation of the patch over deal
comes after PerthNow revealed yesterday how several senior
eastern state based Bandidos members flew into Perth on
It’s understood those members met with WA Rock Machine
bikies who were later "patched over'' into a Bandidos
The eastern state based Bandidos members arrived in Perth
just before 3pm on Sunday.
Dozens of police officers were at the Perth domestic airport
to monitor them as they arrived.
It’s understood they have now left WA.
Speculation has been brewing since 2011 Rock Machine has
been paving the way for the Bandidos to set up in WA because
of the close relationship between the two clubs.
Yesterday, a WA police spokeswoman said police were
“monitoring the activities of the Rock Machine” after
representatives from the Bandidos arrived in Perth on
Today, WA Police Gang Crime Squad Acting Inspector Jeff
Christmas confirmed the Bandidos had patched over the Rock
Machine in WA.
“We can now confirm that the Bandidos have a chapter in
Perth and the Rock Machine do not,” Act-Insp Christmas told
“It’s the same people involved so there has not been any
change in the actual numbers in the gang, just a different
“WA police are monitoring the movements of this gang as with
all OMCG (outlaw motorcycle gangs) in this state and will
take the appropriate action as required.”
In the past few days the Bandidos’ website has been claiming
to have set up a WA chapter.
“We welcome Bandidos West Coast probationary chapter Perth,”
reads one post on the club’s website.
Another post on the website reads: “Big Fat Congratulations
to West Coast Probationary Chapter Perth for your new status
in our glorious Nation!!! Step up to the plate, job well
The Bandidos emerged in Australia in August 1983 following a
split from another bikie gang, the Comancheros.
In 1984 two Bandidos members were shot dead during a
shootout with the Comancheros in the south-western
Sydney town of Milpera, in what later became known as the
The bloody gun battle also left four Comancheros dead as
well as an innocent teenage girl.
|Just last week, WA police confirmed another bikie gang
called the Mongols had patched over the Finks bikie gang in