Motorcyclist murdered after festival

Police have refused to rule out a gang connection after a man was murdered while driving home from this weekend's Bulldog Bash festival.

The man was shot off his bike while travelling southbound on the M40 near Leamington Spa and was pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance staff.

He was returning with two other bikers from the motorcycle festival when the fatal incident happened at about 2pm yesterday (Sunday).

Warwickshire Police said they are looking for an older model, green Rover and have refused to rule out if the murdered man was a gang member, describing the possibility of gang involvement as a "very active line of enquiry".  

Around 30,000 people attended the four-day Bulldog Bash, which took place at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon – the same home as Global Gathering. Bands included Status Quo and The Damned.

The festival attracts bikers from mainstream motorcycle clubs to smaller clubs from a variety of countries. It is renowned for being fun, safe and friendly and is generally left alone by police due to the strong arm of the Hell's Angels who organiser and manage the event.

The chief organiser of the festival, Bilbo, told the Guardian: "I did know him. He was a 33-year-old and was a Hell's Angel. You couldn't wish to meet a better person."

The 56-year-old Hells Angel refused to speculate on who might be responsible. He said: "I have no idea why this would happen. It's deeply shocking. This year was a massive event and it all went virtually trouble free."

Six years ago three bikers from France and Canada were shot at on the same road as they returned from the festival, and one of them required hospital treatment for leg wounds. At the time police described it as an "indiscriminate attack".