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Bulldog licence review date set

A biker arrives for the Bulldog Bash (pic: Rui Vieira/PA Wire)
Organisers say the annual event poses no threat to public safety

A hearing to review a 10-year licence for the Hells Angel-organised Bulldog Bash has been scheduled for later this month, a council has confirmed.

Warwickshire Police want to stop the event at at Long Marston Airfield, near Stratford-on-Avon, because it believes it is associated with organised crime.

Organisers maintain the force's claim is unfounded.

The public hearing will take place at Stratford-on-Avon District Council house on 21 July, a spokesman said.

'Put at risk'

"The hearing has been organised after Warwickshire Police exercised its right under the Licensing Act 2003 to require a review of the 10-year licence granted to organisers of the Bulldog Bash," the council said.

"A previous application under a different part of the licensing legislation was declined by the district council in May."

This year's event is due to run from 6 to 9 August.

Police have said a recent escalation in violence between the Outlaws and Hells Angels gangs, which have an ongoing feud, means innocent members of the public could be put at risk.

But organisers have said there was "absolutely no evidence" of any threat of serious harm to the public and in the past, police had praised the safety and organisation of the event.



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