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Loners Motorcycle clubhouse in Stratford

Loners Motorcycle Club establishes Perth County chapter with clubhouse in Stratford    

Laura Cudworth, The Beacon Herald

Wednesday, July 17, 2013   


A chapter of the Loners Motorcycle Club has come to Stratford.

There is a clubhouse set up here but Stratford police declined to say where it's located. The members have been seen around town wearing Loners “colours.”

“They’ve been here for sometime now. The Loners are aware we’re aware they’re here,” said Stratford police Chief John Bates.

Bates wouldn’t discuss whether or not there are any active investigations into any of the club’s members.

When Loners members wear their colours it’s to send a message to rival gangs that Stratford is the Loners’ area, said Det.-Sgt. Len Isnor of the OPP Biker Enforcement Unit.

“The colours are their power. It instills fear in criminal culture but also in the public,” he said.

On their website, the Loners describe their colours as a way to demonstrate their brotherhood.

“So naturally we take our colours very seriously. They represent to us a tribal function and commitment as old and natural as mankind itself.”

The Loners belong to the 1% group of clubs. Back in 1947, after some riots in California, the president of the American Motorcycle Association said 99% of people who ride are good citizens – it’s just one percent that cause problems, Isnor said.

“That gave rebels an identity, they call themselves one percenters. They only allow certain groups to be one percenters. You have to earn your way up,” he said.

Some of the illegal activities bike gangs tend to be involved in are drugs and prostitution, he added. There are about 50 Loners members. The majority are in Toronto, Isnor said.

Why set up a chapter here?

“Motorcycle gangs are not choosey. They’ll set up anywhere they see fit. The landscape of a lot of motorcycle gangs is impossible to predict. They set up for a week then they're gone or they set up for years.”

The Loners started in Canada in 1979 and have chapters in Italy, Spain and the UK, Isnor said. By comparison, the Hells Angels are a “huge global enterprise” with a presence in 30 countries.

In the 1990s, the Loners were the club Hells Angels from Quebec would come to visit, Isnor said.

“Anytime you have an outlaw motorcycle gang in your community you have to be concerned but you have to understand it’s not against the law (to be a member).”

The Biker Enforcement Unit is aware of the Loners in Stratford, he added. Bikers don’t actively set out to harass members of the public going about their business.

“Stay out of the way of the Loners and the Loners won’t bother you.”

Any threat to the community is indirect, he said.

Indirect or not, bikers aren’t saints.

“Loners bring drugs into communities that end up in our schools.”

Drugs are an expensive habit and the offshoot of that tends to be break-ins and thefts. There’s also the cost of addiction to consider, he suggested.

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