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POLICE THWART MOTORCYCLE GANG'S RENDEZVOUS PLAN

Plans by the Outlaws motorcycle gang to gather at a motel here over the weekend were frustrated by 50 police officers from various agencies, assisted by residents who provided refreshments for the officers in the hot sun.

Police set up two checkpoints on Lundys Lane to stop and identify all members of the gang, which police consider a criminal organization.

"The word spread fast. One biker was stopped, and the gathering reverted to the Outlaws' clubhouse at 144 Oakdale Ave., St. Catharines," Niagara Regional Police said in a statement. "Police resources were reconvened at that location and the plan continued through Friday and Saturday and until approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday."

At the height of the gathering, some 50 bikers were at their clubhouse, under close watch by nearly as many officers on the street, according to Niagara Regional police. Ten bikers were charged with equipment violations and one with violating the conditions of a previous police order.

"The community, both in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines, supported the initiative by providing the officers with positive support, as well as very welcome refreshment while they stood in the blazing sun," added the Niagara Regional Police.

That agency sent out its Criminal Intelligence Unit, Emergency Task Unit, K-9 Unit, Traffic Unit, Uniform Branch, Detective Branch, Niagara Falls HEAT Unit and street teams.

Joining them were members of the Ontario Provincial Police "Highway Rangers," Biker Enforcement Officers from federal, provincial and municipal levels, the Lindsay Police Service and the Provincial Auto Theft Unit.

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