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Rebels plant their flag in the Top End


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Australia - A MOTORCYCLE gang has grown its presence in the Territory with social media and has set up a clubhouse, flying in the face of police tough talk to stamp them out.

The Darwin Rebels Motorcycle Club has boldly posted pictures of its patched members and its clubhouse on its public Facebook page, which has more than 1400 followers.

NT Police and the Rebels were asked to comment on this story, but refused.

In 2011, the police warned that Rebels were "not welcome" and that cops were "pulling out all stops to disrupt their activities" and "watching them very closely".

But the page was set up almost a year ago, in August 2012, gaining more than 100 followers a month.

It is believed the club has seven fully patched members in the NT, with many more off-siders and associates

Posts included pictures of bikies enjoying a run to Pine Creek in June, and of a trip to a Top End waterhole in April.

Historical pictures of past runs and dead Rebels get supporting posts such as "1%" or an "RFFR" comment - which means "Rebels forever, forever Rebels".

The timeline has been emblazoned with drawings of skulls with slogans, but also Anzac Day memorials. About a dozen faces regularly popped up on screen.

There were requests to join from Facebook members. One female user even asked where she could meet single Rebels.

There have been queries from Alice Springs.

Police have run a campaign of agitating bikies - and fined them for drug, weapons and traffic offences where possible.

Bikies were briefly banned from wearing colours in Territory bars while the Hells Angels were in Darwin celebrating 20 years of the local branch earlier this year.

Police were sent to the NT border with South Australia, and set up roadblocks all the way to Darwin in preparation for the trip. No violence or crime was reported.

But there has been a colourful record of Rebels-related crime in recent years. Last month, court documents revealed Jared Davis - believed to be a Rebels elite member - was allegedly trying to get drugs from civilian Phillip Noel Kaye, 35, through prison officer Sarah Dawn Rudd.

The arrests of Mr Kaye and Ms Rudd were part of a corruption sting in the Territory's public service.

Mr Davis has not been charged with drug possession in prison.

The same Rebel bikie has been linked to the HMAS Coonawarra weapons heist.



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