Bulldog Bash Under Threat Of Police Ban
Police want to shut down the long-running Bulldog Bash because they claim the biker festival is linked with serious crime.
The Bulldog Bash at the Shakespeare County Raceway, Warwickshire is organised by the British wing of the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club and has been held over the last 20 years.
The 2009 event lasts four days (August 6, 7, 8 and 9) and is expected to attract 15,000 people. The likes of Motörhead, UFO and Oliver/Dawson Saxon are due to perform.
However, police are to ask Stratford-upon-Avon council to revoke the event’s licence because it is “associated with serious crime”.
Their main concern is the potential for an increase in the lethal rivalry between the Hell’s Angels and the American Outlaws Association, according to The Times newspaper.
In 2007 Gerry Tobin, a Hell’s Angel, was shot dead on the M40 as he rode home from the Bulldog Bash.
Seven British members of the Outlaws are serving life sentences for murder.
Last month four Outlaws and four Angels were convicted over a machete fight at Birmingham airport.
British police have designate the motorcycle clubs as organised crime groups. Both clubs deny any wrongdoing.
A spokesman for the England and Wales Hell’s Angels told the Times: “If we are organised criminals why do we ride around quite openly displaying patches saying who we are?
“We get together to ride our bikes, visit our brothers in Britain and overseas and have a party. Just because some of our members have crossed the line doesn’t make every member a criminal nor the club a criminal organisation.”
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