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Bulldog Bash policing discussed

Gerry Tobin
Gerry Tobin was shot dead on a motorway after the Bulldog Bash in 2007

People living near an annual biker festival marred by the fatal shooting of a Hells Angel in 2007 have been consulted about its future policing.

Gerry Tobin, 35, was killed on the M40 after Warwickshire's Bulldog Bash in August 2007. Seven men were jailed.

Residents near Long Marston airfield were due to discuss the arrangements for this year's event on Wednesday.

It follows some complaints that the major police operation last year caused disruption to villagers.

Warwickshire Police's call for a review of the event's licence was rejected by Stratford-on-Avon District Council earlier this month. Last year the authority extended the event's licence until 2018.

'Caused unhappiness'

Morris House, from Quinton Parish Council, said many residents felt the police operation in 2008 was "over the top".

"Last year there was a very heavy police presence, particularly from the start of the Bulldog Bash and lots of people from the village found it very difficult to get into and out of the village.

"People were late for work and late getting home and it did cause a lot of disruption and a lot of unhappiness, I have to say."

Mr House added that most villagers welcomed the festival which benefited traders.

In November, seven members of rival biker gang The Outlaws were given life sentences for the murder of Mr Tobin, from Mottingham, south east London.

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