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24th Bulldog Bash gets underway

It's all kicking off at Europe's biggest biker festival

THE 24th running of the Bulldog Bash gets underway this week, with bikers from around the world gathering to join in the fun at the four-day event in Warwickshire.

Billed as Europe's biggest bikers' festival, the annual event, held at Long Marston, near Stratford-upon-Avon, will feature a host of rock bands: some famous, some not so.

As well as the usual party mayhem, festival goers will be treated to plenty of action on the venue's quarter-mile drag strip.

Serious doubt was cast over whether the event would run again after police requests to ban the festival because of biker gang warfare, following the murder of Hells Angel Gerry Tobin on the M40 in August 2007.

However, Warwickshire's Police Assistant Chief Constable, Bill Holland, said the force would continue to protect locals and inconvenience them less by keeping roads open during the festival.

Mr Holland said: "There will still be a significant policing operation surrounding the event and Warwickshire Police will continue to do all within its power to protect communities from harm. However, having listened to the views of the local community, this year's operation will not involve permanent static road closures around the Long Marston site.

"The force will do everything possible to protect the public and if information is received that indicates the level of policing has to be raised, then we will do this."

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