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23-05-2008 The Motorcycle Action Group meets Police Chief to clarify police policy on bike rallies and shows

The Motorcycle Action Group have taken positive steps to allay fears amongst the motorcycling community that there is a police policy to eradicate motorcycle rallies and shows across the UK. This perception has been fuelled by recent police objections to some rallies and shows, most recently the Welsh show and the Bulldog Bash in Warwickshire. MAG's Campaigns Manager, David Short, has held talks with Warwickshire Police's Deputy Chief Constable Andy Parker who has given assurances that any objections to events are based on intelligence specific to particular events. He stressed that there is no national policy to prevent motorcycling events taking place. He emphasised that the police service recognises that the vast majority of events are well run, peaceful and consequently are supported by the police.
 
Mr Parker welcomed the representations made by MAG , recognising the benefits of partnership working between the police and the motorcycling communities.
 
MAG Campaigns Manager, David Short, says ' The Motorcycle Action Group 'does what it says on the tin', we take action! As soon as this issue raised its head MAG took steps to meet with the police in order to clarify the situation and allay bikers fears that their lifestyles were under threat. I am delighted at the positive outcome of the meeting'.

Note to editors; David Short can be contacted on 077389 48080

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