Authors: Iain Parke
Heavy Duty Trouble
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Gold? Yellow glittering precious gold?
…much of this will make black white, foul fair, wrong right…
William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens Act IV, Scene III
You need to remember that changing things is the most difficult and dangerous thing you can ever start to do. That’s because everyone who’s doing well as things are will be really anti; while those it’ll help will be cautious to start with, since they’re used to the old ways
and won’t believe it till they see it. So those who are against it will attack you with all they’ve got while you won’t get much support from the others, which makes you vulnerable.
t ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things, because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them. Thus it happens that whenever those who are hostile have the opportunity to attack they do it like partisans, whilst the others defend lukewarmly, in such wise that the prince is endangered along with them
Damage – précising one of his favourite passages from The Prince by Machiavelli
ith the original
from Chapter VI
Iain Parke’s papers and interview notes
The Project Gutenberg E-book, W K Marriott translation 1908
Yea, though I walk through the valley of
eath, I will fear no evil.
For I am the evilest motherfucker ever to walk through it.
Traditional biker saying
trial of Charl
e Graham, Tony
, Nigel Parvis, Steve R
and Peter Sherbourne
in the glare of the world’s media,
was an ex
. Over the course of a
ed an unprece
dented glimpse into a world
off limits to outsiders, that of the senior ranks of one of the best known
clubs in the country.
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The trial opened today
at Newcastle Crown Court of the five men accused in the
, from where o
ur legal correspondent
Yes indeed George, the opening
of what is expected to be a
day trial was taken up with jury selection and the five men entering their pleas of
addressed the jury,
giving them clear direction
as to how they were to conduct themselves
and how they were to treat the media
during the trial
In his remarks the
told the jury:
his case will be one
be expected to recei
ve considerable public interest and where the character of the defendants and the organization to which they belong, will have been and continue to be subject of substantial comment
and discussion on the inter
net and elsewhere.
of law in
country, in the
the jury are required to make your
solely on the basis of the evidence produced in
and the case argued by the
. And upon these alone.
nt on to say:
therefore must restrain yourselves from conducting any research on the subject of the case
or any individual or organization involved in it, including
use of the
for the duration of the trial. I have to warn you that failure to comply with this instruction will be regarded as a serious contempt of Court and treated accordingly, the
well include a custodial sentence.
And we understand there have been
scenes outside the Court as well
Yes there have George.
If they weren’t actually expecting any trouble, then the police were obviously taking the prospect extremely seriously as from early this morning t
been a heavy and very
police presence here on the Quayside
Officers carrying automatic rifles stood outside the entrance to the building and covering the approaches to the back gates
of the club
’s members and their associates turned up in a show of support, many wearing facemasks or scarves so that
Traffic was halted in the city centre as the convoy of vehicles bearing the accused, a prison transport van escorted by two patrol cars, blue lights flashing, swept alo
ng the road and swung into the C
ourt’s vehicle entrance, the gates swinging shut immediately behind
Once the prisoners had arrived, t
he gang walked up the
steps of the Court
, apparently trying to enter and fill the public gallery
the police were only allowing a few in due to the space available. So while some of the leaders were
, the rest were forced to wait outside.
The police kept them across the road from the main entrance to the Court
they remained for much of the day as an intimidating presence, before, like a di
after one of the men emerged from
suddenly turned and
as a body
begins this afternoon
with the presentation of the
, and we’ll be hearing from you
Yes indeed, I’m expecting to be here
for the duration of
Reynolds there, reporting from Newcastle.
deaths as bikers battle at airport
In violent disturbances
police described as a carefully planned ambush, three men were killed and fifteen others injured, some seriously, as rival bikers ignored terrified
and fought a pitched battle in
ivals hall at Heathrow Terminal
erupted as a group of American men, identified by police as senior members of The Brethren MC who had travelled to Britain on
the direct Delta
, emerged through immigration into the arrivals hall.
The group had been waiting for one of their members who had been held at
, but had been asked to move on into the hall by officials while his papers were being examined, said a police spokesman.
As soon as they came through the doors into the hall, they were attacked by a group of men who had been lying in wait armed with a variety of weapons
described by witnesses as
including knives, ball
, a machete,
and at least one samurai sword.
Having just come from an international flight the Americans were obviously unarmed and so were practically
against the ferocity of the attack
evertheless they fought back
grabbing anything that could be thrown at their attackers or used as a makeshift weapon, from steel rubbish bins to chairs grabbed from a nearby coffee shop.
The attackers, whom police have identified as members
and known associates
of The Rebel Brotherhood MC, a club partly made up of the former UK members of The Brethren MC, outnumbered the victims and appeared to have been
to target particular individuals.
Two of the Americans had already walked further
into the arrivals area before the assault was launched and witnesses report these men, one of whom is dead and the other is
described as being
critical condition in hospital,
being ‘hunted down
they fled through the crowded hall pursued by knife wielding assailants.
Armed police were on the scene within a minute of the fight breaking out
of the Metropolitan Police
who have responsibility for security at the airport
of the Americans already lay dead on the floor and the third died
of stab wounds on his way to hospital.
cers were confronted
with an extremely violent situation
involving armed gangs fighting with no regard for the safety of the surrounding public, or even to start with, the arrival of police officers,
and fighting between the two groups continued for almost a minute after the arrival of the first officers until reinforcements arrived.
At this point it seems that the a
broke off the attack and scattered in all directions in an attempt to avoid capture, while the remaining Americans fell back into the immigration area where their companion was still being held.
Police made twenty-
at the scene, however other bikers are believed to have escaped and are being sought.
Home Secretary to
As a result of the incident, the Home Office is expected to announce a further tightening of airport security. A spokesman told reporters that the Home Secretary had asked for a full briefing from the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and will be making a statement to the House later today.
The Home Secretary is obviously shocked at these events,
a spokesman stated
in the present security circumstances,
an airport like Heathrow is one of the most heavily policed
in the world and one of the few places in Britain that you can be guaranteed to see
British police officers bearing guns
. How absolutely dedicated to violence do you have to be,
to heavily arm yourself and go there with the express intention of staging an ambush?
The Home Secretary has already ordered an urgent review to establish what measures need to be taken to ensure there is no repeat of this incident.
when questioned by reporters,
the spokesman declined to comment further on what measures these might be, although unconfirmed reports suggest that a tightening up on the rules concerning visa requirements for any members of certain specified biker clubs seeking to enter the UK are under
While police investigations are continuing, sources
close to it
have already made it plain that they see yesterday’s violence as part of a bitt
er dispute between The Brethren
, and in particular with its controlling ‘mother chapter’ in the USA and breakaway British club The Rebel Brethren MC.
me over to take care of the UK club
,’ said one officer,
but the local players were waiting for them and caught th
em before they could get prepar
The Brethren MC, as one of the senior ‘one-percenter’ or ‘outlaw’ motorcycle clubs, have a longstanding reputation for violence. The police and some other commentators allege that many of these types of club are in fact in the business of
crime, something that the clubs them
selves are at pains to deny.
In August 2009,
Guardian journalist Iain Parke, former business and then crime reporter
, together with Inspector Robert
of the Serious and
disappeared in suspicious circumstances
at a time when they were each
believed to have been actively investigating the club
a so-called war between it and
new rivals on the UK biker scene
The Mohawks MC
been seen since and police sources
say that they
believe both men to be dead.