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The Vancouver Sun is reporting that new biker clubs with links to the notorious Hells Angels are sprouting up all over B.C.

It says a support club known as the Jesters has opened a new clubhouse in Surrey and other groups with links to the Angels have been seen by police in Fort St. John, 100 Mile House, Ashcroft, Whalley and Campbell River.

The Sun report says, most have made appearances at events with the Hells Angels, and it quotes one RCMP inspector as saying there are more support clubs springing up right across the country.

Locally police biker specialists have also seen a new club out of Fort St. John called the Handsome Bastards, linked to the Prince George Renegades, a Hells Angels puppet club for the last 11 years.

The report says police believe puppet clubs are being used as a survival tool by the Hells Angels, after a series of recent convictions of high-profile members, and the growth of violent rival mid-level drug gangs such as the United Nations and Red Scorpions.

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