Man admits murdering Hell's Angel

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A man has admitted the murder of a Hell's Angel who was shot dead on a motorway as he rode home from Europe's biggest biker festival.

Gerry Tobin, 35, was killed in August last year as he was riding his Harley-Davidson along the M40 in a convoy of bikers after attending the Bulldog Bash, an annual gathering of more than 10,000 bikers at Long Marston, near Stratford-upon-Avon.

The shooting led to a massive police investigation and the arrest of seven people. One of the suspects, Sean Creighton, 44, from Coventry, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to murdering Mr Tobin, along with firearms offences.

Creighton, who will be sentenced later, had denied the killing but changed his plea this week. Six other men facing murder and firearms charges will come to trial on Monday. Mr Tobin, a mechanic from Mottingham, south London, specialised in customising Harley-Davidsons. Born in Britain but raised in Canada, Mr Tobin had returned to the UK to open his own Harley business.

He was shot in the back of the head on 12 August by a killer who police said had followed him along the M40 in Warwickshire. The motorway was closed for more than 24 hours while officers carried out a fingertip search.

Karl Garside, 45, Simon Turner, 41, Dane Garside, 42, Malcolm Bull, 53, Dean Taylor, 47, and 46-year-old Ian Cameron deny murder and firearms offences. The men are from Coventry, Nuneaton and Milton Keynes.

During the selection of jurors for the trial the panel were asked if they had been members of a bikers' group.