Police say no to biker festival

Cops fear revenge over M40 shooting at Rock and Blues Custom Show

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Submitted by Visordown News on Thu, 01/05/2008 - 17:41

POLICE HAVE written to to South Derbyshire District Council objecting to a licence being granted for the The Rock and Blues Custom Show, as it could provide Hell's Angels with an opportunity to avenge the murder of Mottingham biker Gerry Tobin.

Mr Tobin was shot dead as he rode his motorbike along the M40 in Warwickshire on August 12 last year.

The 35-year-old mechanic, who worked at Warr's Harley-Davidson shop in Mottingham Road, was travelling with two other motorcyclists after leaving four-day biker festival the Bulldog Bash at Long Marston, Stratford-upon-Avon.

A decision on the premises licence will be made during a meeting of the council's licensing sub-committee on May 7.

Assistant Chief Constable Peter Goodman said: "Given the potential risks, we do not believe that the event organisers can adequately manage or police the event so as to ensure public safety either.

"We did consider the possibility of placing conditions on the licence to manage the risks to public safety.

"But based on the evidence which has now come to light, we believe there are no conditions which could be placed upon the licence which would, in the opinion of Derbyshire Constabulary, ensure the public would be safe."

Seven men charged with the murder of Mr Tobin will appear at Birmingham Crown Court on October 1.

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