Coventry & Warwickshire

Nine arrests as Bulldog Bash event takes place

Nine people were arrested as part of a police operation for the 25th Bulldog Bash in Warwickshire.

Around 10,000 people attended the four-day festival at Long Marston Airfield, near Stratford-upon-Avon.

The arrests were made as a result of an intelligence operation as people travelled to the event. There were no crimes reported, police said.

Organiser, Echo, said he had welcomed this year's low-profile policing operation.

"There were no real issues and we were grateful really that there was a return to more sensible low profile policing outside the site," he said.

'Huge success'

"It was a bit like in the early days when police were just there monitoring, making sure traffic is okay."

Police said the arrests were for offences including possessing an offensive weapon, Class A and Class B drugs, and ammunition. They also included motoring offences.

Assistant Chief Constable Neil Brunton said: "This year's policing for Bulldog Bash involved fewer officers than previous years and was, we believe, a huge success."

In 2007, Hells Angel Gerry Tobin was murdered after the event and bikers groups clashed at Birmingham Airport in 2008.

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