The 22nd Bulldog Bash was hailed a success by its organisers as they again directed their anger at the scale of the Warwickshire Police operation around the event.
Tens of thousands of visitors to the annual festival at the Shakespeare County Raceway faced long queues and major delays as a result of the increased police presence – a year after 35-year-old Hell’s Angel Gerry Tobin was shot dead on the M40 as he travelled home from the event on August 12.
Disruption caused by the £1.4 million police operation included five road closures, two stop-and-search points and the use of number plate recognition equipment.
A Bulldog Bash spokesman said although the organisers understood the police had to consider the public’s safety, they felt the scale of the operation was “excessive” particularly as they had not been consulted.
Praising the turnout at the festival, Bulldog Bash spokesman Echo said: “We are delighted by the huge amount of support from the public. This is reflected in the number of visitors.”