Jail for Hells Angels and Outlaws in airport brawl

By Steve Farrell -

General news

 19 June 2009 17:26

Seven members of the Hells Angels and Outlaws have been jailed for six years each for their part in a mass brawl at Birmingham International Airport.  

The “horrendous fight” last January almost cost one man his life according to police.

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court were shown pictures of knives, a machete, a club, knuckle dusters, hammers and a meat cleaver recovered after the battle.

Outlaws and Hells Angels members were brought into court separately to be sentenced today after being convicted in May of rioting.

The Outlaws gang members are Neil Harrison, 46, of Bell Green Road, Coventry; Mark Price, 50, of Westbury Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire; Mark Moseley, 46, of Orchard Rise in Birmingham, and Jeremy Ball, 46, of Plant Street, Cheadle, Staffordshire.

The Hells Angels members are Paul Arlett, 35, of Cradley Road, Dudley, West Midlands; Sean Timmins, 38, of Brewood Road, Coven, Staffordshire; and Leonard Hawthorne, 52, of Penn Road, Wolverhampton.

Judge Patrick Thomas QC said: "This was an appalling case of public disorder in the presence of and to the terror of probably hundreds of people."

The six week trial involved heightened police security at an estimated cost of £1 million.

West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable for Operations Sharon Rowe said the fight was “unprecedented in the history of the airport”.

She said: “A horrendous fight took place with significant use of weapons, really nasty weapons, really nasty injuries and one man nearly lost his life.”