Police disperse over 1,000 people from illegal Essex car meet

A large car meet in Essex.. File image
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A huge illegal car meet was broken up police as the force steps up its efforts to stop such events which have become quite common in Essex over recent years. The event in Colchester last weekend saw more than 1,000 people moved on from the area by police officers and over 100 fines handed out.

Last Saturday (May 18), Roads Policing officers dispersed a large illegal car meet in an industrial car park in Colchester, which the force said was "to protect the nearby community from antisocial driving and to ensure road safety". Essex Police said it would "not tolerate these large-scale meetings and will use all powers available to [them] to tackle the issue".

Essex Police said it has made three arrests at the event in what they called a "clamp down on dangerous driving practices". One person was arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving, and two were arrested for taking a car without the consent of the owner made in the vicinity.

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Two vehicles were also seized from the event due to "mechanical faults making them unsafe to drive" and another was seized for "anti-social driving practices". Additionally, two drivers were reported for having no insurance, one was reported for careless driving and two drivers were reported for obstructing the highway. Five vehicles were also reported for defects.

Officers also handed out over 100 fines of £100 for people breaching a Public Space Protection Order covering the area. The order allows officers to deal with problems in public spaces; "imposing conditions on the use of that area so everyone can enjoy it and use it safely", Essex Police said.

Adam Pipe, head of Essex Police's Roads Policing Unit, previously explained: "Drivers at these events often engage in anti-social and dangerous driving practices such as drifting, where the driver is not properly in control of their car. This is not a question of spoiling anyone’s fun, this is a very serious matter with potentially very serious consequences to spectators and drivers alike should there be a collision.

“These events won’t be tolerated and when we are made aware of an unauthorised event, we will take robust action and use all our resources to prevent and disrupt them from taking place.”