Gary Overton: Shooting victim in court named

Image copyright Dave Brown Image caption Police attended the scene after the shooting in Barton

The man shot dead in a court in the West Midlands has been named as a former Hells Angels biker.

Gary “Whitley” Overton, 46, was gunned down in an incident in Vaughan, Worcestershire, on Wednesday.

He was “very popular” and had always been involved in legal biker-related activities, said Jonathan Wilson, the retired chief executive of Hells Angels Charitable Trust.

Mr Wilson said Whitley had a habit of calling him from prison to discuss charitable activities.

On Wednesday, there were public arrests outside Worcestershire County Circuit in Worcestershire

A statement on the Karma Nirvana motorcycle club’s website said it had “lost a much-loved brother to an evil mafia and addled cult”.

Whitley worked as a successful businessman who helped the local community.

A vigil was due to be held in his memory on Friday.

Baroness Mary Hassell, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Bikers’ Health and Safety, said: “Whitley was someone who was loved by many.

“He was a very popular member of the motorcycling community.

“His former gang have turned to violence, claiming a wrongful murder. It seems clear they have become more self-centred.”

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