Bulldog Bash success but police remain unhappy

By IH 15/08 Updated: 16/08 14:00

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POLICE chiefs remain unhappy at the staging of the Bulldog Bash despite few problems this year.

Some 8,000 attended the Hells Angels organised annual biker gathering at Long Marston Airfield from August 9 to 12.

Dep Ch Con Neil Brunton said “This year’s policing for Bulldog Bash involved fewer officers than previous years, and was, we believe a huge success.

“Detailed planning beforehand and extensive community consultation ensured that the impact on the general public was low. It also meant that our policing was proportionate to ensure the safety of those attending the event, as well as the wider public.”

While crime at Bulldog Bash was low, officers seized 22 vehicles for no insurance, no tax or no driving licence as part of a targeted intelligence operation around the event. One person was arrested for drink driving. No incidents of violence were reported.

Dept Ch Con Brunton added: “As always when planning the policing operation for the Bulldog Bash weekend our purpose is to work with the organisers and partners, target criminality and protect the people of Warwickshire from harm.

"The vast majority of people attending Bulldog Bash are decent law-abiding motorcyclists or music fans and our aim was to ensure that everyone had an enjoyable and safe experience.

But Warwickshire Police remain opposed to the event saying they believe the Hells Angels use proceeds from the Bulldog Bash to fund criminal activity.

Dep Ch Con Brunton said: "The Bulldog Bash event is organised by the Hells Angels who are recognised as an organised crime group by five forces in the UK and by many police services and countries internationally."

Stratford District Council, which grants the Bash a licence, reported no problems.

A spokesman for the Bash organisers said this year's event had gone "fantastically well" attracting bike fans from across Europe.

He added: The event is a mainstay of the biker community. It is a truly international event run by the biker community for the biker community."

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