Leeds & West Yorkshire

Second arrest in Halloween 'Mad Max' bike 'ride out'

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Media captionUp to 50 bikers rode through the pedestrianised area in Leeds city centre

A second man has been arrested after a gang of bikers caused traffic chaos during a Halloween "ride out" in Leeds.

About 50 off-road motorcycles and quad bikes brought Kirkstall Road, a major route, to a standstill on Monday night.

Witnesses posted videos on social media and described the scenes as "utter chaos" and "madness", comparing them to those in the Mel Gibson film Mad Max.

A 30-year-old man is in custody and officers said a vehicle they think was used in the incident had been seized.

A 26-year-old man who was held on Tuesday has been released on bail pending further inquiries, West Yorkshire Police said. 

Videos posted online show bikers riding in convoy, with some pulling wheelies. Others can be seen riding on the pavement and around pedestrianised parts of the city centre.

The force said a large number of motorbikes were "ridden anti-socially and dangerously" and confirmed the event had been organised on social media.

Det Sgt Mark Atkinson said: "We would also like to reiterate our warning to people to think very carefully about the consequences of taking part in unofficial gatherings like this that cause disruption and threaten public safety."

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