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Bikers gather in Sheffield for justice protest

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Hundreds of motorcycles roared into Sheffield city centre as part of a justice and awareness demonstration for bikers.

More than 300 bikers joined the protest, organised by the Motorcycle Action Group, which began with a motorcyclist convoy on Saturday.

Police officers escorted the large group of bikers between Meadowhall and Tudor Square in the city centre, where they gathered for a protest talk.

The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the high number of motorcyclists being knocked off their bikes by drivers, and to campaign for heavier punishments for those responsible.

Director of MAG, Neil Liversidge, who has been a biker for more than 40 years, led the demonstration.

He said: “We want justice for motorcyclists – bikers need a fair backing from the courts when they are a victim on the roads.

“It’s not fair to say we put ourselves in the firing line by being bikers.

“Drivers today are too easily distracted by things like mobile phones and in-car entertainment, and so aren’t always looking at what they should be.

“We aren’t asking people to do the impossible, just to pay more attention to bikers when on the roads.

“We are ramping up awareness of our campaign and we will continue to push until we get the improvements we are looking for.”

The Sheffield event was one of nine demonstrations taking place in major cities throughout the UK, including London, Glasgow and Cardiff.

Among the bikers who had travelled to the Sheffield event, from areas including Barnsley, Doncaster and Castleford, was Joylon Lawson, from Driffield.

He said: “The turnout has been fantastic and South Yorkshire Police did an excellent job of escorting the convoy so we all arrived here smoothly.”

 

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