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Police clamping down on Hastings May Day run

The organisers of the Bike 1066 Hastings May Day Run are warning the police will be using a ‘heavy road safety presence’ during the event.

More than 40,000 bikes are due to attend this Monday’s Bike 1066 event in Hastings, but the organisers have put out a warning saying the traditional May Day event will be heavily policed this year, including covert operations.

In a statement circulated on social media, Bike 1066 said: “URGENT: We have heard from Sussex Police that they will have a heavy ‘road safety’ presence around Hastings and East Sussex for the whole weekend. They will be targeting anti-social riding, speeding and, in particular, breaches of central white lines. They have even brought in specialist covert equipment to film and prosecute at a later date. Take care out there – have a great weekend and get home points free. Ride safe.”

The event traditionally sees large groups of bikes riding in from multiple locations, including the famous Ace and Ryka cafes. Incidences of reckless riding have increased in recent years, putting many bikers off attending. The police activity is presumably aimed at trying to make the ride as safe as possible.

For details on the event itself see our Events Calendar.

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