Biker gang fear forces bike show cancellation

'Our utmost concern is the prevention of crime and disorder' say Police

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Submitted by Visordown News on Tue, 19/08/2008 - 16:17

NORTH WALES POLICE have forced the cancellation of the Anglesey Motorcycle Show claiming they are worried about potential trouble involving rival motorcycle gangs.

But organisers of the bank holiday weekend event have blasted the move, saying that the show is a "safe, fun-packed family event," and claiming that the police's move was nothing more than "vindictive claptrap."

According to the police, they had "no choice" but to advise cancellation in order to prevent "crime and disorder".

Speaking to BBC Wales today, a spokesperson for the Welsh Motorcycle Shows Ltd said: "If this can happen to us, no event will be safe next year."

Llandudno businessman Arthur Roberts, of pressure group People for Proper Policing, claimed the force's reason for stopping the bike show which was planned to take place between 22 - 25 August was "vindictive claptrap."

"There's a car show and country fair at the weekend. What if someone rings up anonymously and says the car show people are going to attack the country fair?" Mr Roberts added.

"Motorcyclists are flabbergasted by what's happened. If there is a problem, if the police intelligence is so well-founded, why can't they do something about it? When will they start policing and show the general public they are in charge of law and order?"

A North Wales Police spokesperson said they had "no choice" but to advise cancellation of the show. "Our utmost concern is the prevention of crime and disorder," he added.

The annual Welsh National Motorcycle Show was also cancelled by Dyfed Powys Police amid fears of violence between rival biker gangs. It was to have taken place at the Royal Welsh showground in Llanelwedd between 23 and 26 May

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