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Hells Angel murder: Three are arrested

PUBLISHED: 10:17 23 August 2007 | UPDATED: 11:25 01 July 2010

MOURNING: President of the London chapter of the Hell’s Angels, Marcus Berriman and Mr Tobin’s girlfriend, Rebecca Smith.

MOURNING: President of the London chapter of the Hell’s Angels, Marcus Berriman and Mr Tobin’s girlfriend, Rebecca Smith.

DETECTIVES have arrested three men in connection with the murder of a Hells Angel. Warwickshire Police confirmed that the men were arrested yesterday morning in connection with the fatal shooting of Gerry Tobin, 35, from Mottingham. The biker was shot

DETECTIVES have arrested three men in connection with the murder of a Hells Angel.

Warwickshire Police confirmed that the men were arrested yesterday morning in connection with the fatal shooting of Gerry Tobin, 35, from Mottingham.

The biker was shot at the back of the head while travelling on the M40 after leaving the Bulldog Bash music festival on August 12.

Assistant Chief Constable Bill Holland told a press conference yesterday morning that arrest and search warrants were executed in the early hours of the morning at two addresses in Coventry and one in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

The three men were taken to a police station in Warwickshire where they were questioned by detectives investigating Mr Tobin's murder. At the time of going to press, they were still being questioned by police.

The arrests come just days after Mr Tobin's mother Maria Hutton flew from her home in Alberta, Canada to see the body of her son who had left the country to start a new life in England as a motorcycle mechanic.

Speaking of her grief, she said she feels "betrayed by life itself" and "robbed of the most perfect light".

She added: "This is the most unnatural feeling. A mother, a parent, should never have to hold the dead body of her child who has been sacrificed because of indifference in this world towards what is good.

"Inside of me I feel a sorrow too big to endure, and if there's any way I could stop anyone else in this world having to go through this I would wish for that."

In Calgary, Canada Tobin was a member of Bethany Chapel, then an evangelical protestant church, where he led Bible studies and dreamed of becoming a missionary.

Originally born in Macclesfield, he returned to England with his wife in 1999 but they separated in 2004 and were divorced early this year.

Following the split he had been living with girlfriend Rebecca Smith, 25, in a flat in Mottingham Road and the couple worked together at Warrs Harley Davidson shop less than two minutes walk from their home.

Ms Smith appeared at a special press conference arranged by the Hells Angels at the motorcycle shop last Friday.

Surrounded by giant leather-clad bikers in jackets emblazoned with '666' logos, her statement was read out by Marcus Berriman, President of the London chapter of the Angels.

It read: "To those who knew him Gerry stood out in the crowd as a true gentleman. He was a rare breed of a man with the heart of a lion and a soul filled with compassion and selflessness.

"Gerry was both a man of his word and a defender of principles. His charming personality and quick-witted humour always kept everyone smiling.

"The nature of his untimely death - due to the callous and cowardly act of violence - from which it was impossible to defend himself - only accentuates further, the pain and suffering that we are all experiencing due to this terrible loss - a loss that has left a void in so many lives that can never be filled.

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