No trouble from bikie gang
ONLY about 200 members of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang passed through the Northern Rivers yesterday, despite reports that more than 600 would descend on the region.
A convoy of police officers from across the state were brought up in preparation for the annual Rebels run from Coffs Harbour to the Sunshine Coast, which in turn proved to be uneventful.
The Rebels members from across Australia are expected to arrive at the Sunshine Coast today. They crossed the state border about 5pm yesterday.
Northern region traffic officers and police from the Traffic Services Group in Sydney were brought up to monitor the run from Coffs to the border and to watch over the activities of the Rebels members.
Up to 100 police officers, including highway patrol cars and police motorcycles, escorted the gang members as they made the trek along the coast up to the Tweed.
With only some minor traffic infringements detected throughout the day, police said the bikies were generally well-behaved.
Sergeant Rob Taylor of Tweed Heads police said he didn't think the amount of extra police manpower allocated to the region was lost on the bike run, despite the fact that only 200 of the expected 600 Rebels members showed up.
“The strong police presence stopped them from committing any further traffic offences,” Sgt Taylor said. “When you've got a large number of motorcycles together, they tend to clog the road.”
Traffic co-ordinator for the northern region, Senior Sergeant Malcolm Read, estimated the number of motorcycles to pass through the northern region to be between 200 and 250.
He said some members experienced mechanical problems with their motorcycles and became stranded along the way.
“Our objective was to make sure they did not create problems for other drivers,” he said. “And we capably ensured the safety of other road users.”
NSW police spent several days gearing up for the annual motorcycle run, working in conjunction with their Queensland counterparts.