Outlaw bikies allegedly involved in multiple nightlife assaults at Alley Cats and Basement 159

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Alley Cat Hotel on Ryrie St was the scene of an alleged assault on the weekend.

Alley Cat Hotel on Ryrie St was the scene of an alleged assault on the weekend. Source: News Limited

TENSION is reportedly rising among local motorcycle gangs after two alleged assaults at Geelong venues.

Police confirmed a “sens­itive, ongoing investigation” was under way after a group of Bandido members tried to enter Alley Cat strip club then Basement 159 nightclub in the early hours of Saturday.

They said a male employee was allegedly assaulted at the striptease venue but had so far “refused to make a statement of complaint”.

A woman was then injured at the Moorabool St nightclub after Bandido members allegedly forced their way into the venue and tried to buy alcohol, despite being refused entry. A scuffle is said to have occurred before police were called.

Police said information provided to authorities was consistent with Bandido motor­­-cycle gang members “being involved”.

“We believe it may be the same people involved, but not that they’ve gone from club to club to cause trouble,” police said.

It’s also understood an Alley Cat employee, and member of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle club, was involved in the incident.

Alley Cat owner Fred Scharkosi denied the claims. “Our RSA officer is not a member of any bikie gang and it was security that refused people entry,” he said.

“They didn’t enter the premises. There was a group of six to eight Bandidos who were refused entry and police were called. No one was injured.”

No arrests have been made.

The feud between the Bandidos and Rebels made headlines in Geelong during 2008 after 51-year-old Bandido member Ross Brand was shot dead outside the gang’s Breakwater clubhouse. The slaying followed a brawl between members of the two clubs at the Geelong Cup racing event.

Half-brothers John and Derek Bedson were convicted over Mr Brand’s murder.

Last year, Superintendent Craig Gillard admitted outlaw motorcycle gangs were actively recruiting in Geelong, leaving local police on high alert. Chief Commissioner of Police Ken Lay vowed to “come down hard on these gangs” and eliminate their criminal activities.

In the same month Premier Denis Napthine left open the possibility of rolling out similar policy to Queensland’s controversial new anti-bikie laws, which included mandatory sentences and anti-fort­ification laws.

Current investigations are continuing.

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