Bodycam footage has captured the moment police crashed into a bike’s illegal birthday pool party and charged several gang members under Western Australia’s strict anti-bikie laws.
Officers from the Gang Crime Group were summoned to an assembly of members of the illegal motorcycle gang at a hotel in Scarborough, near Perth, on 8 January.
A member of the public said tattoos identifying members of the Rebels and Hells Angels motorcycle gangs were visible.
Under Western Australia’s new anti-bikie laws, members of illegal motorcycle gangs are not allowed to illegally gather or display the insignia of their gangs in public.
The police may issue an unlawful notice of an offender prohibiting any connection with other offenders mentioned in the notice for three years.
They risk up to five years in prison if they break the notice.
A WA police spokesman said the Gang Crime Group identified members of the Rebels and Hells Angels with their partners in the hotel’s pool area.
They celebrated the birthday of one of the Rebel members.
“The group was detained after offenses of association and display of prohibited insignia from an identified organization were identified,” the spokesman said.
“As a result, five OMCG members were charged with displaying prohibited insignia.”
The group was accommodating and left the public area.
Since the laws went into effect last December, 11 people have been charged with displaying banned insignia in a public place.
A number of cycling club houses have also sought to comply with the new laws by covering over or painting over club logos or insignia.
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