Show of force is ‘not all about bikies’

BORDER police will be on stand-by today and tomorrow with notorious outlaw motorcycle gang the Comancheros expected to pass through the twin cities on their national run.

Police said about 50 club members were on their way from Sydney to Melbourne with some expected to stop in Albury overnight before riding on to Melbourne tomorrow.

Albury police said they’re “aware of an outlaw motorcycle group” passing through.

It’s not a coincidence police from the regional operational support group will be in town to assist with “policing issues” this weekend.

Albury’s Inspector Tony Moodie said the show of force is not just for the Comancheros presence.

“We will be out in force to deter anti-social behaviour and alcohol and drug-related violence by all people in the community,” Insp Moodie said.

“My message is have fun, be respectful of others and obey the law.”

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said police had met senior club representatives and emphasised “what is expected of participants on the day in relation to lawful behaviour”.

“Local police will closely monitor the ride to detect and disrupt any gang members who commit crimes or road safety or public order offences,” she said.

“Victoria Police will continue to work with other agencies as part of a national approach to OMCG enforcement.”

Police have not planned road blocks similar to those used near Wallan when more than 150 Finks club members passed through the Border last month.

The run comes as Riverina chapters of the Bandidos conduct a poker run from Echuca today.

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