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Cops gave us no choice but to shutdown: bikie

Pain Clothes Constable Amanda Foster, Detective Senior Sergeant Nikki Colfs, Acting Detective Sergeant Adam Quemard, Plain Clothes Constable Danny Stanton, Detective Senior Constable Dave Zanella and Plain Clothes Constable Joshua Rolfe.
Pain Clothes Constable Amanda Foster, Detective Senior Sergeant Nikki Colfs, Acting Detective Sergeant Adam Quemard, Plain Clothes Constable Danny Stanton, Detective Senior Constable Dave Zanella and Plain Clothes Constable Joshua Rolfe. Valerie Horton

A REBELS bikie member claims police made life so difficult for the Hervey Bay club that members had "no choice" but to hand in their colours and close down their clubhouse.

The senior member of the Wide Bay chapter told the Chronicle police put pressure on members by visiting their workplaces, prompting several members to leave the Hervey Bay chapter in the weeks leading up to a fire that destroyed the clubhouse in March.

"Some people had no choice … they have mortgages and they need their jobs," he said.

However, he said the club had not fully disbanded.

"We've still got members (in Hervey Bay). They're still riding," he said.

Maryborough district CIB officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Nikki Colfs said local police made no apologies for doing their job.

"The Rebels OMCG is an organised crime group," she said.

"I believe that police in the Maryborough district have merely carried out their duties, which may have contributed to the disbanded Rebels Hervey Bay chapter."

She disputed claims there was still a Rebels chapter in Hervey Bay.

"At this point in time we are confident that there is no Rebels OMCG Chapter in Hervey Bay," she said.

"We are aware that members from the Sunshine Coast chapter do frequent Hervey Bay and have business associations in the community."

She said local police had been professional and fair in their conduct.

"The community has expectations that their police will make the community a safer place."

Investigations into the clubhouse fire continue.

Bikie wars

  • Fire gutted the Rebels' clubhouse at the Hervey Bay Airport Industrial Estate late on March 26
  • The fire followed an alleged act of vandalism in June 2012, when four windows were smashed at the clubhouse
  • After the March 2013 fire, police flagged they would be visiting past members of the disbanded group

Topics:  bikie, fraser coast, gang, hervey bay, police, rebels




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