Bodycam footage has captured the moment police crashed a bikie’s illegal birthday pool party, charging multiple gang members under Western Australia’s tough anti-bikie laws.
Officers in the Gang Crime Squad were called to a gathering of members of the outlaw motorcycle gang at a hotel in Scarborough, near Perth, on January 8.
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 outlaw motorcycle gangs are not allowed to unlawfully consort or display their gang’s insignia in public.
Police can issue an unlawful consorting notice on an offender, prohibiting any association with other offenders named in the notice for three years.
They face up to five years in jail if they breach the notice.
A WA Police spokesman said the Gang Crime Squad identified members of the Rebels and Hells Angels with their partners in the hotel’s pool area.
They were celebrating the birthday of one of the Rebels members.
“The group were detained after offences of consorting and displaying prohibited insignia of an identified organisation were identified,” the spokesman said.
“As a result, five OMCG members were charged with displaying prohibited insignia.”
The group were compliant and left the public area.
Since the laws came into effect in December last year, 11 people have been charged with displaying prohibited insignia in a public place.
A number of bikie clubhouses have also sought to comply with the new laws by covering up or painting over club logos or insignia.