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Rebels bikies under close watch police have warned

REBELS bikies on the Fraser Coast remain under close watch despite the closure of the region's two major clubhouses, senior police have warned.

Weekend raids across the central police region saw 11 accused outlaw motorcycle members and associates arrested and charged with drug and/or weapons related offences.

The operation was part of a statewide sting carried out by Taskforce Maxima, the team set up to target bikie related crime in Queensland.

All up, 79 members and associates were "visited by police" across the Central Police District.

While the raids targeted all outlaw gangs, Detective Inspector Bruce McNab said it was the Rebels who continued to be the focus of local investigations.

He said while the combination of a number of factors - the flooding of the Bundaberg clubhouse, torching of the Hervey Bay clubhouse and the new laws which prevented members from holding meetings - had greatly impacted the stronghold the gang once had on the region, there was more work to do.

He said the kind of "open intimidation" that used to be evident had dramatically decreased in the wake of bikie laws and a growing number of members were choosing to hand in their colours.

"People are finally feeling as though they can speak out … members are going to jail and remaining members can't hold meetings or recruit new members," Supt McNab said.

"It is our intention to continue these operations and encourage those who don't want to participate in these groups any more to come forward."

Topics:  fraser coast, hervey bay, rebel bikie gang



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