THE trial of twelve bikers allegedly involved in a bloody melee at Birmingham International Airport began earlier this week.
Jurors, sitting at the city’s crown court, heard that as many as 30 people were involved in the brawl which took place in the terminal building on January 20 last year. They were told that the fracas involved members of two rival motorbike gangs.
It was said that seven of the defendants belonged to the Outlaws and five were members of the Hell’s Angels.
The men have been charged with riot and an alternative count of violent disorder.
Timothy Raggatt QC, opening the prosecution’s case, said: “It’s the prosecution case – and common knowledge – that the two groups are groups who have a long-standing rivalry.
“In the course of what happened, a variety of, in some cases, quite alarming weapons were used – there were knives produced, there was certainly a machete produced and there were various blunt instruments.”
According to the prosecution, a number of weapons were recovered following the brawl – including a meat cleaver, a club, knuckle dusters and three hammers.
While eyewitnesses were said to have been frightened no members of the public were hurt in the fight.
Appearing in the dock are Mark Larner, 47; Maurice Ison, 51; Paul Arlett, 35; Kevin Timmins, 28; Robert Haywood, 46; Mark Price, 50; Sean Timmins, 38; Leonard Hawthorne, 52; Mark Moseley, 45; Jeremy Ball, 46; Marc Wilden, 44, and 46-year-old Neale Harrison.
Larner, from Upper Gornal, West Midlands; Arlett, of Cradley Heath, West Midlands; Wilden, from Coventry; Kevin Timmins, of Sedgley, West Midlands; Price, of Nuneaton, Warwickshire; Sean Timmins, of Coven, Staffordshire; Hawthorne, from Wolverhampton; Moseley, from Yardley, Birmingham; Harrison, of Bell Green, Coventry; and Ison, Ball and Haywood, whose addresses have been withheld by the court, all deny riot and violent disorder.
The trial continues