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Tributes left to killed Harold Hill motorcyclist Martin Pullin, 42

09:30 16 November 2012

Martin Pullin, who died in a hit-and-run crash on Friday, November 9. Police are appealing for information.

Martin Pullin, who died in a hit-and-run crash on Friday, November 9. Police are appealing for information.

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Friends and family of the 42-year-old Harold Hill man killed in a hit-and-run crash have spoken of a “good bloke who loved his kids” and appealed for information about the driver who fled the scene.

Tributes to Martin Pullin at the scene of the crash (photo: Rosalind Butt)Tributes to Martin Pullin at the scene of the crash (photo: Rosalind Butt)

Flowers and notes have been left at the junction where father-of-two Martin Pullin died on Friday, November 9, and more than 100 comments have been left in response to the story on Facebook and the Recorder website.

Ken Kicker Russell wrote: “Rest In Peace Buddy... One of the good ones taken way too soon! My thoughts are with ALL your family and friends. Stay good up there pal.”

Alex Mca Carlier added: “R.I.P martin and old friend..you will never be forgotten....lets hope the police find the low life scum that drove away and put him to justice.”

And Kathy Chapman posted: “I hope they find who did this, I am lost for words. I feel for his family and friends. They say bikes are dangerous what does that make this car driver!!!!”

Martin Pullin's red Yamaha R1, which he was riding the night he died. Friends have supplied the image in the hope it will jog someone's memory.Martin Pullin's red Yamaha R1, which he was riding the night he died. Friends have supplied the image in the hope it will jog someone's memory.

Bouncer, lorry driver and former DJ Mr Pullin was killed after his motorbike – a red Yamaha R1 – was in collision with a silver Renault Laguna near the junction of the A12 and Rise Park Boulevard, shortly before 5pm. The car did not stop and drove off in the direction of Essex.

A second motorcycle was also involved in the crash. Its rider was treated by ambulance crews for minor injuries, but Mr Pullin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following the collision, road closures and tailbacks ground Romford to a halt well into the evening.

“I’ve got so many unanswered questions,” said best friend and colleague Michael Linnane, 30, of Romford. “I just think it’s disgusting that no one has come forward.

“He was always there for me as a mate – always a phone call away. He was a good bloke who loved his kids, and he died on his own on the side of the road with no dignity.”

Mr Linnane said Mr Pullen had been due to go to work as a bouncer at Henry’s in Aveley the night he died.

“In three and a half years he’d never let me down,” he said. “He was never late and always polite and punctual – so when he didn’t turn up it was totally out of character.

“I had to go to work the next night and I felt really lonely on the door, like my right hand man wasn’t there. It was really hard.”

Tributes left at the scene of the crash include a handwritten note reading: “Daddy – missing you loads. Can’t believe you’re gone.”

Police believe the car would have been recognisable after the incident as it sustained a smashed windscreen and damage to the boot, meaning it would not have been able to close. Anyone who may have seen the damaged vehicle, either at the scene or later on, should call officers at Chadwell Heath Road Death Investigation Unit on 020 8597 4874.

A third motorcyclist, who was not involved in the crash but is believed to have given chase, has been helping the police with their inquiries.

A post-mortem this week identified head injuries as the cause of Mr Pullen’s death.

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