Bikie war escalates By Marnie O'Neill 05jun05 POLICE fear public safety is at risk because of escalating tensions between two warring motorcycle tribes. Acting Commander Mick Sheehy said he feared innocent bystanders would be caught in the crossfire between rival gangs the Nomads and the Rebels unless a truce is called. "Our concern is that the public may be at risk from this dispute," Detective Inspector Sheehy said. Insp Sheehy said the NSW Gang Squad has offered to mediate between the clubs in an effort to prevent further bloodshed. "If they can't come together for talks then we'll do it for them," he said. "We'd be more than willing to act as mediators." On Friday night, the Nomads shut down their Sydney clubhouses and held crisis talks at a secret location. The Sunday Telegraph found the Nomads' Riverstone and Granville chapters - the latter run by the notorious Sydney underworld identity Sam Ibrahim - deserted. Inspector Sheehy said it appeared the dispute was between the Rebels and splinter factions within the Nomads rather than with the Nomads as a whole. It is understood some Nomads are unhappy with on-going efforts by the Rebels to absorb smaller bikie clubs. The Nomads have yet to replace their former national president John "Metho Tom" Browne and several senior Nomads members are believed to be vying for the position - causing further internal tension. Six months of tit-for-tat attacks between the two clubs reached fever pitch last week when Browne's business was targeted in an arson attack. His Blacktown-based Harley Davidson museum and dealership was razed on Wednesday morning, causing more than $1 million damage. The following night a Homebush panel-beating business owned by Rebels' sergeant-at-arms Simon Rasic was burnt down. Nomads and Rebels members have been wounded in several gun-related incidents since the start of the year.