The Hell’s Angels anniversary trip from London to Brighton has prompted two police forces to cancel all of their staff’s easter holidays, as they warn that any crime will not be tolerated.
Up to 3,000 bikers are expected to ride through East Surrey for a three-day event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the infamous California based motorcycle club setting up its first branch in the UK.
The “ride out” of up to 700 motorbikes travelling from the A23 Pease Pottage to Brighton seafront on Saturday June 1 will culminate the celebration which has attracted enthusiasts from around the world.
But both Surrey Police and Sussex Police have been forced to cancel leave and rest days scheduled across the weekend amid fears of possible anti-social behaviour along the route.
Assistant Chief Constable Nev Kemp, who is leading policing operations for both Surrey and Sussex during the period, has assured local residents that any crime will be dealt with swiftly.
He said: “The ‘ride out’ planned for the June 1 will see several hundred motorcyclists riding in a large convoy which will cause some traffic disruption on the route down to Brighton and back.
“In the interests of public safety, police outriders will accompany the convoy and temporarily hold traffic at key points to keep them together and try to minimise the overall impact on other road users.