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28.03.23 – Staffordshire Street Parties, Biker Down Safety Workshops

Written by on 28 March 2023

People across the country and the Commonwealth are invited to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort over a weekend of special events from 6 to 8 May.   The Coronation takes place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6 May, the first coronation of a monarch in 70 years.

Staffordshire will be joining the celebrations and people are being encouraged to join neighbours to host their own street parties and events.  In most cases, people who wish to host a small community event that involves closing their street, can go ahead just by following a simple process

There are a few simple things that people need to think about, for example how a fire engine or ambulance would get access if there was an emergency.  People can go direct to their district or borough council, who have the necessary powers to temporarily close a road.  Alternatively, if the proposed event is more complex and unable to be covered using the district/borough powers, such as when larger roads need to be closed, where alcohol is being sold or for events where tickets are required, people can apply to host a street party through the county council website at


A group of volunteers from Staffordshire Police will once again be delivering free, award-winning motorcycle safety workshops in Staffordshire.

Sergeant Rob Gilligan from the Central Motorway Policing Group and a number of serving and former members of the emergency services will deliver the workshops called Biker Down, which were established following the tragic death of PC Luke Van De Sande in an off duty motorcycle collision in 2019.

The team have years of specialist experience and knowledge around operational motorcycling, advanced first aid and collision investigation. The workshops are aimed at motorcyclists of all ages and experiences and involve three modules – including scene safety, casualty care and rider skills

and each participant receives a bespoke first aid kit, designed to be carried on a motorcycle, along with a Biker Down pin-badge.

This year’s workshops will be launched as part of CMPG’s Two Wheels operation, in support of the National Roads Partnership campaigns calendar. The first workshop will be held at the Staffordshire Honda Dealership in Newcastle-under-Lyme on Saturday 22 April, where representatives of advanced riding training providers will be on hand to offer advice and information to those in attendance. They are completely free of charge

A limited number of tickets are available for this event and two future dates, which will be held at Staffordshire Police Headquarters on Saturday 27 May and Saturday 10 June.

To register your interest or to find out more, email

To read more about Biker Down, visit: BikerDown – DocBike