have charged three bikies with
disorderly conduct following a fight in
Fremantle amid simmering tensions
between the Rebels and the Rock Machine
outlaw motorcycle gangs.
allege that at 8.50am (WST) on Friday a
39-year-old Rebel confronted a
26-year-old member of the Rock Machine
and a fight broke out.
allege another 26-year-old Rock Machine
member became involved before police
intervened and arrested the three men.
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incident follows the attempted
firebombing of a Rebels-run Perth tattoo
parlour on November 16.
believe that incident was linked to a
gang turf war over the lucrative illegal
drug trade in Western Australia.
remains of two crude firebombs were
found and minor damage was caused at the
premises of Ink Assault Tattoos at Bibra
Lakes in Perth's south.
Superintendent Charlie Carver told
reporters there were "ongoing, simmering
tensions" between the Rebels and the
Rock Machine, a group that had
originated in Canada and was trying to
establish a foothold in WA.
the illegal drug trade in WA was a very
lucrative and fought-over market, with
$5000 of drugs bought in Sydney selling
for three times that amount in the west.
Friday's incident, the two Rock Machine
members will appear in the Fremantle
Magistrates Court on December 2, and the
Rebels member will appear in the same
court on December 3.