Rebels bikie clubhouse raided
Are everyones rights to be subverted now ? What's illegal about setting up a clubhouse? not open so no piss sold I don't imagine, I'd be hiring good lawyer and going for damages...
Photo: Detectives from the Gangs Squad removed items from the Newcastle clubhouse of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang and loaded them into a truck. (ABC News: Carly Cook)
Another illegal bikie clubhouse has been dismantled during a raid by the State Crime Command's Gangs Squad on an old pool hall in Newcastle.
Police swooped on the two-storey inner-city building in King Street at around 11:30am (AEDT) smashing in the glass front doors.
Detectives believe the building was recently set up as the clubhouse of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.
From the outside the building looked vacant with the windows covered in black plastic.
Police are investigating if there has been a breach of the development application for the premises, under the Environmental Planning and Protection Act.
A number of items were seized by detectives, including alcohol, a television, gym equipment and furniture.
Police also used an electric saw to dismantle a bar.
A man was arrested at the scene and is being questioned by police.
The Commander of the Gangs Squad, Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace says police are committed to disrupting outlaw motorcycle gangs through both regular proactive operations and ongoing covert investigations.
“As long as these gangs carry out illegal acts, we will be doing everything we can to disrupt their activities,” she said.
“We will continue to dismantle clubhouses, we will continue to regularly inspect their vehicles, and critically, we will continue to conduct thorough investigations into the serious criminal activity that a number of outlaw motorcycle gang members involve themselves in.”
It comes after police carried out similar raids at Boolaroo, south of Newcastle, and Tea Gardens in Port Stephens in the last fortnight.
During the Boolaroo operation, the clubhouse of the Life and Death bikie gang's Newcastle chapter was shut down, while the Comancheros were targeted at Tea Gardens.
Topics: police, newcastle-2300, tea-gardens-2324, boolaroo-2284