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Bulldog Bash returns to Stratford-upon-Avon after year out

More than 4,000 bikers are expected to attend the festival Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Bulldog Bash returns to Stratford-upon-Avon today after a year out.

More than 4,000 campers are expected at the motorcycle and music festival which runs until Sunday.

The event includes drag strip demos, fairground rides, food and the custom show tent for bikes.

The festival has been held at Long Marston Airfield since 1987 and attracts bikers from across Europe.

The Bulldog Bash includes a number of biker-related events Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Bulldog Bash has been hit by controversy over the years. In 2007 Hells Angel member Gerry Tobin was shot in the back of the head while riding home from the festival on the M40.

Seven members of rival gang Outlaws were sentenced to a total of 191 years in prison for his murder.

Warwickshire Police say they will have an increased police presence in the area during the festival and are warning people to plan their travel arrangements in advance.

Hells Angels Gerry Tobin was murdered in 2007 after the Bulldog Bash Credit: Warwickshire Police

While this year's event is expected to be smaller than previous years, the nature of the roads leading to Long Marston Airfield means that they can quickly become congested.

We are urging people to consider their travel arrangements during next week's event and if they do intend to travel allow themselves extra time.

– Chief Inspector Ian Whiting, Warwickshire Police