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Thousands of Hells Angels to descend on Brighton this weekend

Thousands of Hells Angels to descend on Brighton this weekend
Hannah Midgley

This weekend, the Hells Angels are celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a “ride-out” to Brighton, and police are expecting major disruptions.

The Hells Angels have planned a trip from London to Brighton, to commemorate fifty years since the infamous motorcycle club set up their first base in the UK. Up to three thousand bikes are expected to ride through Surrey for a 3-day event that will finish with a “ride out” from Peas Pottage to Brighton. Both Sussex and Surrey police have expressed concern that the event could spark anti-social behaviour. Two Hells Angels have already been arrested this week, on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon.

The Hells Angels is a world-wide motorcycle club, that has a reputation for organised crime, drug dealing, trafficking of stolen goods, extortion and involvement in prostitution. Although members of The Hells Angels have continuously asserted that they are “only a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who have joined to ride motorcycles together” it is said that the club excludes people who have applied to by police or prison officers – which highlights their tensions with the enforcement of law.

Drivers are being warned about major congestion along the A23, as up to 700 of these motorcyclists are set to travel to Brighton for a “ride out” culmination of the anniversary commemoration. Police say that the event has never been held in the UK before, and is expected to be very disruptive. Both Surrey Police and Sussex Police have been forced to cancel rest and leave days scheduled across the weekend, because of fears of anti-social behaviour along the route. They are expecting enthusiasts from all around the world to be at the Grand Finale in Brighton.

Police have advised motorists planning on driving between Gatwick and Brighton on Saturday to take alternative routes in order to avoid major disruption to their journeys.

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