Coventry & Warwickshire

Bulldog Bash biker festival in Long Marston returns

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Media captionOrganisers have been granted a licence for up to 10,000 people

The Bulldog Bash biker event in south Warwickshire returns on Thursday, despite police protestations, after being cancelled last year.

The event will run at Long Marston Airfield until 10 August.

Warwickshire Police said intelligence suggested the event was "used to raise funds for criminal activities".

But organisers have dismissed the claims and said the one-year break allowed them to redesign the event to cater predominantly for bikers.

A spokesman for the organisers, who calls himself Echo, said this year's event had gone "back to its roots as a bike show with music."

Around 4,000 tickets have been pre-sold, he said. Its main stage will be indoors this year, in a large marquee.

Entertainment will include a "wall of death" - which involves riding motorbikes around a vertical track at speed - a custom bike and trike show and a drag strip where professionals will race and amateurs can also pay to try themselves.

Echo said: "The core of the event is all about bikes. We feel the police's statement is unhelpful and going over old ground. We've had good feedback from locals about our return."

Warwickshire Chief Insp Ian Whiting said: "As has been the case in the past, Warwickshire Police is of the opinion that the Bulldog Bash should not be allowed to take place in our county.

"The Hell's Angels are recognised as an organised crime group by five forces in the UK, including Warwickshire Police, and by other police services and countries internationally."

In 2007 Hells Angel Gerry Tobin was murdered on the M40 as he rode away from the festival.

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