The organisers of the Custom Rock and Blues festival have withdrawn their licence application amid police fears that the event was going to be targeted by some sort of biker gang looking to avenge the death of Gerard Tobin.
The organisers statement:
Two curious points: Firstly, the organisers seem to have pulled out on the basis that they knew they were unlikely to get a licence in the teeth of police objections - is it possible to simultaneously "take seriously" something you describe as "sensationalised"?
Secondly: Isn't the police's role to protect people going about their lawful business from acts of violence, rather than tell them to stay at home just in case it turns nasty? Isn't this like the cops telling a bank not to open a branch in the High Street in case it persuades people to come and try and rob it?