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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 September, 2003, 19:52 GMT 20:52 UK
Police bikers in gun gaffe
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Police have removed the T-shirts from sale and apologised
A police motorcycle club has withdrawn T-shirts featuring a gun-wielding skeleton, following criticism by anti-gun lobby groups.

The move came after the Untouchables Motorcycle Club - a club founded in the USA for police officers - opened a Somerset chapter.

The shirts - for sale on the English group's website - showed the American logo, a skeleton carrying a sub-machine gun and the flag of St George.

Motifs on the shirts included: "If it moves shoot it, if it don't jail it" and "Wotcha gonna do when we come for you?"

But on Tuesday, as the chapter withdrew the T-shirts from sale, president Chris Payne - a special constable from Taunton - apologised for any distress caused.

I'm absolutely delighted. I presume that this was just an oversight
Gill Marshall-Andrews
"This club does not and will not advocate the use of unlawful firearms in any shape or form," he said.

"As president of the chapter I would like to apologise if the club's T-shirts have caused any distress particularly to any families who have suffered from gun-related crime.

"The slogans are tongue-in-cheek and American in nature. They will be withdrawn from sale in this country as from today."

He said the club had raised thousands for good causes and would continue to do so.

Earlier the clothing had been criticised by anti-gun campaigners.

Linda Mitchell of the National Gun Control Network, described it as "inappropriate".

Reacting to their withdrawal, she said: "I can't believe we have a police force that is this naive, that they don't believe that this will upset people."




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