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Police uncover 'bikie clubhouse'

THE Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang used an empty industrial unit as a clubhouse illegally, NSW police will allege.

(using premises for unauthorised use, is only a problem with the local councils ordinances, who can stop you using them if you don't have a development application approved. Its not a criminal matter unless the council have determined such. Jees get a real job ...)

Officers from Lake Illawarra Local Area Command arrested an alleged Rebels associate today, not under the state's tough new consorting laws but under the Environment Planning and Assessment Act.

Police say they were barred from entering a unit at the Wollongong suburb of Unanderra when they attended the property at about 2.15pm (AEST).

A scuffle broke out between officers and a 24-year-old man who was guarding the door.
The man, said to be a Rebels associate, was arrested.

He is due to appear at Wollongong Local Court on May 22 to face charges relating to unlawful development of the industrial zoned premises.

A NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP local officers would consult with officers from the State Crime Command gang squad in the course of their investigations.

Bikies in NSW are being targeted under newly updated consorting laws as part of a strategy to wipe out gang-related crime, following a recent spate of shootings across southwest Sydney.


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