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Thirty Four arrests connected to Hells Angels Euro Run 2019

Police across Surrey and Sussex have made a further 24 arrests bringing the total to 34 for possession of offensive weapons and drug offences, connected to Hells Angels Euro Run 2019.

Teams of officers have been using stop and search powers to look for concealed items.

On Wednesday night, Surrey Police and Sussex Police introduced an order under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, allowing stop and search of individuals within a designated area of Surrey and Sussex.

This order has been extended and will now apply until 4am on Saturday morning (June 1).

The 34 arrests have been all for offensive weapons and drugs offensives and 12 people, five Germans, three Hungarian, one Swiss, one French, one Czech and one Greek man, have been charged.

Seven appeared in court on Friday and have been given suspended prison sentences. Five more will appear in court on Saturday.

Fri
31
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Huge M23 police response as 'Hells Angels bikers pulled over'

Hells Angels Motorcycle Club bikers have reportedly been stopped by Sussex Police on the M23

There was queuing traffic on the M23 near Crawley because of a police incident this afternoon (May 31).

The exit slip road at junction 10 Copthorne Way on the southbound carriageway was shut by officers shortly after 5pm.

An eyewitness said earlier: "Avoid the roundabout Crawley/East Grinstead.

"Loads of police pulled over some Hells Angels motorbikes."

Highways England confirmed the slip road at junction 10 was closed due to a "police incident".

It has since reopened and delays are starting to clear.

Sussex Police has been contacted for more information.

Wed
29
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Former Hells Angel accused of hit and run was stripped of his patch

Cops were slow to name the hit and run motorcyclist who allegedly ran down a four-year-old boy earlier this week, leaving him in life-threatening condition.

And in a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday, the suspect — a man named Darren Dawson — was allowed to wear his hoodie pulled over his face.

Few courtroom observers had seen anything like it.

Hit and run suspect Darren Dawson hides his face as he exits court on Tuesday, May 28 2019 Kevin Connor / Toronto Sun

Dawson, 31, is the offspring of late Hells Angels stalwart William “Billy” Dawson.

He allegedly followed his father into the 1% world of outlaw bikers but sometime during the last few years, sources told the Toronto Sun, he was stripped of his patch.

Wed
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Two Hells Angels arrested on M25 near services on suspicion of possessing offensive weapons

A large number of motorcyclists are headed to East Surrey

Police have arrested two Hells Angels motorcyclists on the M25 on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in public.

Sussex Police said it stopped and searched a vehicle at the side of the motorway near to Clacket Lane services on Tuesday evening (May 29).

The two arrested have travelled to the county as part of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) 'Euro Run' that is being held at an East Surrey hotel this weekend (May 30 to June 1).

Up to 3,000 bikers are expected in the county for the three-day event, with major disruption likely as the event culminates in a 700 motorcycle ride out to Brighton.

Wed
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Netherlands first country to ban the Hells Angels; Violence called "systemic", "common"

The Central Netherlands court in Utrecht issued a ban of the outlaw motorcycle gang Hells Angels in the Netherlands. That makes the Netherlands the first country in the world to completely ban the Hells Angels, according to broadcaster NOS. Other countries, including Germany, banned local chapters, but not the entire club. 

The motorcycle gang must cease all its activities in the country. The court agreed with the Public Prosecutor's argument that there is a culture of violence within the club and that it endangers society and the rule of law. "The worldwide Hells Angels organisation has also been banned from undertaking activities in the Netherlands," the court said in a statement.

Tue
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Hell's Angels anniversary London to Brighton trip prompts two police forces to cancel all holidays

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.

Sun
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Court releases 17 Hells Angels

The 17 Hells Angels bikers detained by Portugal's criminal investigation force on Tuesday have been released their lawyers told Lusa.

According to lawyers Martins Leitão and José Carlos Cardoso, the defendants must present themselves once a month to authorities and are prohibited from contacting each other and other members linked to the Hells Angels.

They are also prohibited from participating in biker gatherings, being in spaces usually attended by bikers and leaving the country.

This case already has 87 defendants.

The police arrested these 17 members on Tuesday based on suspected criminal association and other crimes.

On that day, the police said that the men were aged between 29 and 52 and that the operation carried out is part of the same investigation into which 41 defendants are in pre-trial detention since July 2018.

Fri
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May
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Law-abiding outlaws: Trademark protection the Hells Angels way

The US Department of Justice considers the Hells Angels to be an organised crime syndicate, yet the motorcycle club is pretty astute when it comes to staying on the right side of IP law.

The Hells Angels name generates a distinctive image in most people’s minds; typically, one of black leather, beards and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. But, despite its rebellious and sometimes violent reputation, the worldwide motorcycle club founded in California over 70 years ago, has taken a shrewd approach to its legal rights, creating the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation (HAMC) to register, protect and enforce its IP rights.

Wed
22
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Disruption warning and police leave cancelled as 3,000 Hells Angels bikers expected in Surrey

They will be attending the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club ‘Euro Run’ at an East Surrey hotel

Up to 3,000 Hells Angels bikers are expected in East Surrey for a three-day event culminating in a 700 motorcycle ride out to Brighton.

The ride out, which is the culmination of Hells Angels Motorcycle Club's (HAMC) ‘Euro Run’, is expected to cause major disruption in East Surrey and Sussex on Saturday June 1 while police have also warned motorists to expect a large number of bikers in the area for the duration of the event.

It is the first time the three-day event, between May 30 and June 1, has been held in the UK and is being done so to mark the 50th anniversary of the HAMC in the country.

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Portugal arrests 17 Hells Angels biker gang members in raids across country

LISBON, May 21 (Reuters) - Portuguese police arrested 17 members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club on Tuesday on suspicion of organised crime activity, authorities said.

Around 150 officers, including anti-terrorism personnel, took part in raids on homes and commercial establishments across Portugal, the Judiciary Police (PJ) said in a statement.

TV channel SIC reported homes were searched in the capital Lisbon, the country's north and the Algarve in the south where thousands of bikers gather every year for an international motorcycle event.

Police confirmed 17 men belonging to the Hells Angels and aged between 29 and 52 were detained and expected to appear in court on Wednesday, charged with criminal association - which in Portugal is punishable by up to five years in jail.

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