1D Perth fans get first glimpse
Liam pops his head over the hotel balcony sending Perth fans into a frenzy after a night of high speed road chases and a stern warning from the WA Police Commissioner.PT1M27S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2uhzn 620 349 September 27, 2013
WA Police say they won't be acting as a personal security service for One Direction, despite fears that the hugely popular fivesome are being trailed around Perth by a reckless cadre of obsessive fans.
The boyband have been upbraided by WA police minister Liza Harvey, after allegations their entourage ran a series of red lights on Great Eastern Highway on Thursday morning while being pursued by teenaged fans and their equally enraptured mothers.
One Direction fans before the group's Adelaide concert this week. Photo: Getty Images
"Obviously we'll look into the allegations of the driving incident but we're not following them around monitoring them, that's what they hire people for," a WA Police spokesperson said.
"For their concerts there might be extra local police around, but we're not doing anything in terms of security. We don't do things like that."
Police said they would continue to investigate the allegations of dangerous driving.
They also insisted that the band's security detail would be able to deal with any headaches caused by the hundreds of 'Directioners' beseiging the Crown Perth complex, where the widely adored quintet are staying.
An estimated 200 fans camped outside the venue's hotel overnight, but were thwarted after the band deployed the classic rock'n'roll move of entering via the back door.
Crown Perth declined to offer a comment on its security arrangements.
Perth Arena, which will host the band's two concerts on September 28 and 29, has laid on extra backstage security for the event
"We love how enthusiastic the One Direction fans are, but first and foremost comes their safety," said the venue's general manager Michael Scott.
The venue's management has also warned fans not to buy tickets from eBay or scalpers, but only through official channels, and not to turn up too early, lest they be left waiting outside.
In a notice on its website, the venue urged concertgoers to stay calm, drink plenty of water, and not spoil the show for others by bringing signs larger than 1 metre square.
Mr Scott said the Arena had provided some extra tips to Directioners to help them enjoy the evening's entertainment to the fullest.
"We have had a lot of enquiries from One Direction fans as for many of them this is their first concert," Mr Scott said.
Vocalists Harry Styles and Niall Horan caused widespread excitement in Perth's northern suburbs after opting to enjoy a Friday afternoon round of golf in Karrinyup.