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Hundreds of bikers took part in a protest ride

Hundreds of bikers took part in the protest ride Photo: ITV News

Hundreds of bikers took to the streets in north Devon to protest over what they called a lenient sentence on a drugged driver who crashed into a young motor cyclist. Aiden Platt died in the accident, but the driver was only given a suspended prison sentence. Today a protest ride took place in his home town of Barnstaple.

''I'm overwhelmed. I'm not surprised because it's a feeling everybody has that justice was not served.''

– GORD DOUGLAS, Protest co-organiser
Aiden Platt died in August 2015 Credit: Family

That sense of injustice followed the death in August 2015 of Aiden Platt. The twenty year old biker, who came from Barnstaple, died when a car crashed into him. The car driver,who was under the influence of drugs, was spared jail because she had a baby. She was given a suspended prison sentence.

''If you kill somebody while in a vehicle we want that to reflect on a custodial sentence and not on a suspended sentence.''

– GORD DOUGLAS, Protest co-organiser
600 riders took part in the protest ride Credit: ITV News

Most of the six hundred plus riders who took part in the protest were from the south west. But Paul Mason felt so strongly he came down from Cambridge.

''We feel it's an injustice when we're caught speeding for over a hundred miles an hour we expect to get a small prison term like you get locally. The sentences don't seem to be fair.''

– Paul Mason

One of the protest organisers was Emma Griffiths:

Aiden's family acted as marshalls for the event. They stationed themselves at the Sticklepath Stones roundabout where Aiden died. They didn't want to be interviewed but his mother Mandy issued a statement which said 'he loved being with his mates and riding his motorbike.'

"I can understand everyones outrage at the sentencing in this case, but what I am still finding difficult to take in is the fact that it is all for Aiden. Aiden was such a quiet, shy lad. He loved and enjoyed his life, but on the whole, he kept himself to himself and just got on with things. He still lived at home, he went off to work everyday, socialised with friends and was a loved member of our close family, but he was just a normal young lad.

And suddenly, hundreds of people across the country are doing something amazing for him, but also, for everyone: everyone is a vulnerable member of the public when a driver gets behind the wheel of a car drunk or under the influence of drugs, whether you are a biker, cyclist, pedestrian or car driver."

– Mandy Platt, Aiden's mother

The family and the protesters want to ensure justice not just for present day bikers but also for those in the future.