Police gear up for gang s run

More than 1200 patched members of the Rebels bikie gang are planning to travel to WA for the club's annual national run, sparking the biggest police security operation since the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2011.

The gang crime squad has started laying the foundation for the security effort, which is likely to involve hundreds of officers from specialist units, including the tactical response group, regional WA and traffic officers.

The Rebels are Australia's biggest bikie gang and have chapters in every State. Police are expected to shadow club members as they ride into WA from the Eastern States in September. Details of where the bikies will travel are yet to be finalised but most are expected to come across the Nullarbor. The number of participants could be much higher with associates, nominees and support crew.

"WA Police is aware of the planned Rebels national run and will deploy significant resources to monitor and road manage the large number of members and associates expected to be taking part in the run," Det-Insp. Greg Maslin said.

"We will maintain a highly visible presence throughout the run, with our aim being to protect the regional WA communities and enforce road laws along the way."

Det-Insp. Maslin said the gang crime squad would manage the police response. Specialist units will be used to ensure regional WA is not affected by the run.

Police are also likely to monitor airports as the run may attract Rebels from international chapters.

There are about 100 Rebels members in WA. The club declined to comment yesterday.

The West Australian

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