Wales

Judge bans bikers from holding office in Outlaws gang after drugs case

Stuart Dawson and Adrian Sherriff
Image caption Stuart Dawson and Adrian Sherriff were jailed for drugs offences in 2010

A judge has banned two Welsh bikers from holding office in a motorcycle gang after they were convicted of drugs offences.

Stuart Dawson and Adrian Sherriff were both jailed in 2010 after being convicted of conspiring to supply amphetamines.

The prosecution sought a serious crimes prevention order to restrict their activities on their release.

Agreement on the orders was reached before trial at Mold Crown Court.

The court heard Dawson, 47, was the European and Asian president of the Outlaws Chapter, and was believed by police to be the most influential member of the Outlaws outside the United States.

Sherriff, of Abergele, Conwy, was believed to be a close aide.

When they were jailed, the judge acknowledged that the Outlaws motorcycle organisation was "perfectly lawful" and that the defendants had brought it into disrepute by their activities.

Dawson, from Old Colwyn, was previously jailed for five years, and Sherrif for four years after they were convicted of conspiring to supply amphetamine.

Initially the police suggested both should be banned from becoming members of the Outlaws but Judge Niclas Parry said that it was his preliminary view that was disproportionate.

Following negotiations between lawyers it was agreed that the two men must not hold office, or seek to hold office in the Outlaws or any affiliated Hells Angels or Black Pistons chapters.

Dawson order runs until May 2015 and Sherriff's order until May 2014.

The order also means they must register any mobile phones, bank accounts or vehicles they have with the police.

They must also notify the police of any foreign trips, giving reasons for the trip, destinations and travel times and dates.

The pair must also register their addresses with the police and notify of any changes or any temporary addressed where they stay for more than 48 hours.

Judge Parry thanked the barristers in the case, and the defendants, for reaching agreement and saving what could have been a week-long trial.

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