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Motorcyclist Shot Dead On UK Motorway

By Michelle Duffy     Aug 13, 2007 in Crime
In the aftermath of one of the most shocking crimes ever to be committed on a British motorway, the M40 reopens after witnessing a motorcyclist shot dead. The police have carried out an extensive search for clues in the hunt for the killer
The motorcyclist in his 30's was found lying on the carriageway after being shot in the back of the head whilst he rode along the M40 motorway near Leamington Spa in Warwickshire yesterday.
So far the police have no leads on the case other than the possible connection with the occupants of a green Rover 620 who were close to where the killing took place. The police are treating the case now as a murder enquiry believing that a gang of bikers were involved. It is also believed that the victim was travelling home after attending a biker convention near by over the weekend. The "Bulldog Bash" is a famous convention which is known to attract bikers from across Europe. The massive event was held at an airfield near Stratford.
Shortly after the incident that took place at 1420 BST, the motorway was shut to all traffic on both the north and southbound carriageways so that fifty police officers could carry out a massive "fingertip" search of the area.
So far, authorities do not believe that it was a sudden road rage attack but that the incident was premeditated. It has also led to authorities trying to find if there are any links between this attack and that of one very similar in 2001 when a Canadian man was shot along the very same motorway after leaving the very same event.
Det Supt Ken Lawrence, of Warwickshire Police, has asked for anyone to come forward who may have information about the attack. As the motorway was fairly busy travelling towards London yesterday afternoon, it is possible that more than one person saw exactly what happened and it is these people who need to contact the police.
Authorities are also particularly keen to speak to the occupants of the Rover 620 car.
Det Supt Lawrence told BBC News,
"One or two witness accounts have mentioned this car being close to the motorcycles at the time something clearly happened. It is for that reason I want to trace that car and speak to the occupants."
One particular witness, Paul Roberts, travelling along the motorway at the time, said,
"Suddenly we had to stop... soon other motorists were out of their cars and on the carriageway. One lady in a BMW took a first aid kit to the man who was lying on his front just next to the central reservation."
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