Rebels hits out over girl sex allegations

TOUGHER legislation dealing with bikie clubs has allowed more people to come forward with claims against gangs, a top police officer says.

Detective Inspector Bruce McNab said the so-called anti-bikie laws had encouraged victims of crime to come forward without fear.

His assessment came as a former Rebels Motorcycle Club leader hit out at police after they alleged underage girls had been lured to the Hervey Bay Rebels' clubhouse in 2013 before they were drugged and gang members took turns having sex with them.

Mike Smith, a former sergeant-at-arms of the Hervey Bay Rebels motorcycle chapter, labelled the police claims "filthy".

"If they've got enough evidence to make an allegation, they should have enough evidence to charge some

body or at least interview somebody," Mr Smith said.

"The allegations are filthy because they can charge you and not have to provide evidence until you go to court and that can take two or three years."

But Insp McNab said the fact that people were coming forward was evidence the new legislation was working.

"We would encourage more people to come forward to tell us what they know about it," he said.

Topics:  crime police

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