Outlaws comply with laws during Tasmanian run

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THE convoy of Outlaws motorcycle club members who flocked to Tasmania last weekend were well behaved for the most part, police say.

More than 120 members of the group arrived on the island via the Spirit of Tasmania during their national run last Friday.

The Outlaws have “well-established” international links to crime, police believe.

Tasmania Police said it was aware of the group’s travel plans and upped patrols across the state to monitor criminal activity.

But the force was pleasantly surprised with the results, Serious Organised Crime Unit Detective Inspector Glen Ball said.

“The vast majority of the (outlaw motorcycle gang) members complied with the road rules and only a small number of infringements (less than 10) were issued during the course of their attendance,” he said.

“Outlaws OMCG members were subjected to in excess of 100 RBTs and 20 drug tests with one positive drug test reported.”

Also of concern to police was a gathering of club members on the state’s East Coast last Saturday night.

Bikies from across Australia met at a property north of St Helens.

Detective Inspector Ball said police had no cause to attend the event.

He said the gang was monitored from Devonport onwards, until their departure on Sunday evening.

“During travel from Devonport to a privately held event near St Helens, police closely monitored the OMCG with a high visibility presence,” Detective Inspector Ball said.

“This included a large police operation on the Midland Highway at Symmons Plains involving licence and registration checks, random alcohol tests and drug tests.

“The community can be assured that there will be a strong, coordinated, high-visibility police presence to monitor the activities of any OMCG conducting organised national runs in this state.”

A Victorian club member was killed in a crash last Friday while travelling through Elizabeth Town.

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