Hells Angel killed by single shot was named Gerald

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A Hells Angel shot dead on the M40 on Sunday was killed by a single bullet to the back of the head, police announced last night.

Warwickshire Police said the shot was believed to have been fired from a handgun.

Police have yet to confirm his actual identity but MCN has learned that the victim was Gerry Tobin, 35.

Gerry is believed to have worked as a mechanic for Warrs Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership in London.

The force have also revealed new details about the victim’s journey. It said in a statement: “The motorcyclist who died was travelling south on the M40 between junction 12 at Leamington Spa and junction 13 at Gaydon. He was travelling with two other motorcyclists and is believed to have joined the M40 from the A46 at junction 15 after leaving the Bulldog Bash event at Long Marston and travelling North from Stratford. He was certified dead at the scene by paramedics.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident including “any motorists travelling on the A46 near to junction 15 with the M40 and anyone travelling on the M40 who may have witnessed the car and who could describe the driver and any passengers”.
The Bulldog Bash also released an official statement. The organiser, a 56-year-old Hells Angel known as Bilbo, said: “I knew the man and you couldn’t have wished to meet a more genuine or better person… It’s dangerous to guess why this happened. This year’s event was massive and it went off virtually trouble-free. We had an amazing weekend and then this happened. It has totally shaken everybody. It’s a massive loss to the biker community as a whole.

“The Bulldog Bash as an event has one of the best safety records and is fully supported and endorsed by the local council. Over 500,000 people including families have taken part on a regular basis since the event began 21 years ago, and it’s considered an annual pilgrimage of fun and entertainment for many of them.  We do not want this unfortunate incident in anyway to overshadow what was one of our best events ever”.

A Bulldog Bash spokesman added: “Due to the sensitive nature of this incident; The Bulldog Bash community has been requested by Police to make no further statement on this matter, as it may hamper Police enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 01926 415930 or CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555111 where the information can be given anonymously.


Steve Farrell

By Steve Farrell