EIGHT bikers face heavy jail terms after being convicted of taking part in a riot at Birmingham International Airport.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court deliberated for more than 28 hours over six days before reaching their verdicts. It cleared three other men of charges of riot and violent disorder and failed to reach a verdict on a twelfth defendant.
The court heard that dozens of bikers from rival gangs - the Outlaws and Hells Angels - were involved in a mass brawl at the airport terminal on the evening of January 20 last year.
They were armed with knives, a machete, knuckle-dusters, hammers and other weapons, and the “battle” left passengers at the airport frightened and distressed. Some of those involved in the fighting had arrived on a flight from Alicante.
A number of them were badly injured, but no members of the public were hurt.
The eight convicted men, all from the Midlands and aged between 35 and 52, were granted bail before sentencing on June 19.
Judge Patrick Thomas QC said: “They know perfectly well that a significant custodial sentence must follow.”