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Police Wary of Rival Biker Gangs at Applebee's

NH police will also keep a watchful eye on visitors coming to Laconia Bike Week next month



    (Published Tuesday, May 19, 2015)

    Police in New Hampshire have received information that there may be violence between rival biker gangs at a local Applebee's.

    Authorities will have a detail at the 280 North Plainfield Rd. location in Lebanon Tuesday night.

    Applebee's will be closing for the night for precautionary reasons.

    Meanwhile, the deadly fight between rival motorcycle gangs in last weekend in Waco, Texas, has police in New Hampshire keeping a watchful eye on visitors coming to Laconia Bike Week.

    Police and residents admit anything can happen, but say they don't believe the violence that erupted in Texas will make it's way north.

    Anthony Santagate is a biker and a bar owner on the Weirs Beach boulevard.
    "We are the first bar on the left, so you can't miss us," he said.

    With more than 500 people packing the Tower Hill Tavern every night during Laconia Bike Week, Santagate says crowd control means tripling his security team and making sure no one is over served. He says he's got eyes on his customers all the time.

    "Plus security cameras," he explained.

    Laconia Police say the last time there's been any significant violence at Bike Week was back in the nineties.

    "Part of it is setting the tone right from the start, setting expectations as well as monitoring and addressing the little things before it gets out of hand," explained Capt. Matt Canfield.

    He says they are well aware of Sunday's deadly motorcycle gang melee in Waco, Texas, but Capt. Canfield says the gangs involved in turf wars down south, don't typically make the trek to New Hampshire.

    "We are not the least bit concerned with outlaw motorcycle gangs for Bike Week in Laconia," Capt. Canfield said.

    Police and residents say they're ready for yet another year of the country's oldest motorcycle rally, but they say if you're looking for trouble, stay home.

    "We try to keep everyone in their right mind," Santagate said. "I want them to leave with a smile on their faces, you know?"

    Laconia Bike Week starts June 13 and runs through Father's Day.

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