Saturday, July 16, 2005

The leader of the pack

Well done Lembit Öpik for defending an unpopular minority:

Biking MP Lembit Opik has accused the police of ‘a heavy-handed approach that simply alienates communities’ by shutting down a Worfield pub.

The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats has sent a hard-hitting letter to Home Office minister Hazel Blears.

Magistrates allowed the Wheel Inn to re-open last week, under strict conditions, after the police temporarily closed it down after about 2,000 motorcyclists descended on it.

Mr Opik, who rides a Suzuki GS 1000 and has vowed to visit the Wheel for a Wednesday night bikers’ gathering, said he had questioned the police approach with the Home Office, in deploying cars, bikes, a helicopter and surveillance van, before serving landlady Gloria Goodson with an order closing the pub for 24 hours.

It just shows you should read the Bridgnorth Journal more often.

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