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