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Friday, July 17, 1998 Published at 18:56 GMT 19:56 UK


World: Europe

Swedish bikers lay leader to rest

Swedish police watch as Danny Fitzpatrick's fellow bikers carry his coffin

A Swedish motorcycle gang has laid to rest its murdered leader.

Danny Fitzpatrick, a 45-year-old Briton born in Kenya, was buried in Stockholm by 30 members of the Brotherhood (Brodråskapet).

He was gunned down on a roundabout in central Stockholm last month and is the latest victim of Scandinavia's bloody biker wars.

The funeral was a quiet affair with not a single Harley Davidson in sight.

Friends of Fitzpatrick, known as Danny The Hood, arrived in a convoy of cars.

Bloody feud with Hell's Angels

Fitzpatrick, who set up the Brotherhood in 1995 while still in jail, was involved in a bloody feud with the Hell's Angels after his release from prison.

His gang, also known as the Wolfpack, was involved in turf wars with the Hell's Angels and the rival Bandidos gang.

Detectives watched the ceremony from a distance and took photographs of the mourners.

A founding member of the Brotherhood was allowed to attend the funeral while on a day's leave from prison.

Fitzpatrick, who served eight years in jail for armed robbery, was allegedly involved in armed robbery, drug dealing and blackmail.

Police are confident his gang will die without him and they say his death could bring to an end the biker wars.



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