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Bulldog biker shot by motorway gunman.

Byline: John Revill Crime Reporter

A French-Canadian motorcyclist was recovering in hospital yesterday after being shot as he rode along a Midland motorway.

The 31-year-old man was followed by a dark coloured car which pulled alongside and opened fire several times with what is thought to be a handgun.

The motorcyclist was wounded in the leg and forced to pull on to the hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway of the M40, four miles south of Barnhill Services, between junctions 12 and 11.

Warwickshire Police said they were treating the shooting, at 12.45pm on Sunday, as attempted murder.

The victim, who has not been named, was travelling with two other motorcyclists and a camper van towards London from the Bulldog Bash music festival when the attack took place.

A passing motorcyclist, who had also been at the Bash, alerted the emergency services.

Police said they did not know if the shooting was connected to the event at Long Marston airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon over the weekend.

Det Insp Paul Littlehales said: 'At the moment we have no motive. We know the victim and his colleagues had been to the Bulldog Bash. They were travelling towards London and were fired on by unknown persons for no known reason. Several shots were fired at the group and one was hit.

'This is a very serious incident where an innocent motorcyclist appears to have been fired upon indiscriminately. When someone fires a gun like this we can only treat it as attempted murder.'

Det Insp Littlehales said officers hoped to speak to the victim who was recovering in hospital after an operation on Sunday night.

His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Forensic experts were also due to search the motorway for bullet cartridges and other evidence.

Det Insp Littlehales said officers wanted to trace a dark coloured saloon from which it is thought the shots were fired.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police incident room at Leamington on 01926 415000.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 14, 2001
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