Police concern over boozy bike bash in summer

Police are concerned that a bike bash could give the force an extra headache over what is already a packed weekend

Police are concerned that a bike bash could give the force an extra headache over what is already a packed weekend

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Police are trying to put the brakes on a 400-strong motorcycle group’s plans to stage a boozy weekender in Lebberston this summer.

Leeds-based Team Sober Motorcycle Group – whose profanity-laced motto boasts of getting drunk – is to appeal to Scarborough Council for a licence to hold a three-day camping festival between July 11 and 13.

However, North Yorkshire Police are up in arms at the planned bash, with the festival set to give the force an extra headache on a weekend when it will be stretched to the limit.

It says “no consideration” has been given to holding the event on the same weekend as the controversial Seamer Horse Fair – as well as thousands of fans visiting the area for the Status Quo gig at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre.

The force say a “substantial” number of officers will already be needed that weekend to police those events.

And a possible perfect storm of trouble could be brewing for the police if England have a successful World Cup run, with the football final being held that Sunday as well.

The police are set to further their complaint about the event before a trio of borough councillors at Scarborough Town Hall on Wednesday March 12, after previously lodging a formal objection to the plans.

Mr Ronald Coulter has already served a notice for a temporary licence to hold the event, which would be held at Grange Farm.

As well as camping, there would be live music with alcohol possibly being served as late as 3am.

The bikers state on their website that they “like to drink beer and party and drink more beer”.

But in their objection to the plans, North Yorkshire Police say there has been “no correspondence” between themselves and the organiser – despite attempts on their side to reach out to them.

They added: “If this event is to go ahead then our concerns are the potential for crime and disorder due to the number of people expected and alcohol conusmed until 3am, public nuisance, due to entertainment going on until 3am and up to 400 motorcyclists and also public safety”.

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