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Hundreds of car cruisers cause significant disruption across Nottinghamshire as police warn of meetings

Police have opened an investigation after a large number of cars caused disruption on the streets of Nottinghamshire over the Easter weekend.

Nottinghamshire Police have warned people who meet near the M1 on regular car journeys. They will be prosecuted for driving dangerously or aggressively.

Officers said there are reports of a large gathering where large numbers of cars were eventually parked at East Midlands Parkway station.

Some drivers drove dangerously and at high speed through nearby roads and on the freeway.

The officers went to the scene to “get in touch with the people there and take pictures so that the incident can be investigated and appropriate action taken”.

However, police said no fines were imposed at the event.

The force received local information that there would be a large gathering of car enthusiasts that would gather near the county line.

The local reacher and operational support staff were driving to Portland Retail Park in Mansfield at around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday (April 4, 2021) when vehicles arrived while other cars gathered in Bulwell and Mansfield.

The group then traveled along the M1 and attempted to congregate on the East Midlands Parkway near Redhill Marina.

There were significant traffic disruptions on the A453 due to the large number of vehicles. The officers were able to disrupt the event and the group safely dispersed around 9.45 p.m.

PC Phil Broughton of the Armed Forces Road Police said, “These meetings become a problem for us when people drive these vehicles in a way that puts other road users and themselves at serious risk of injury or death.

“We will devote more officials and resources to dealing with such events in the coming weeks and months to target people who break the law.

“Our investigation into this incident is ongoing, including processing footage taken by officials to identify anyone who has acted illegally.

“Anyone we identify can expect a visit from us in due course.

“We know this is an issue that matters to our community and we have done a lot of proactive work in response to that feedback.

“I fully understand how frustrating it can be to be disturbed by noise or other issues related to this type of antisocial behavior.

“It is for this reason that we have an ongoing operation to address such issues across Nottinghamshire. Officials regularly patrol known hotspot areas, liaise with drivers and take enforcement measures if necessary.

“We have issued tickets on a number of occasions in the past and may continue to do so.

“On that occasion, it was a last minute car meet and no fines were imposed.

“The officers were able to contact the organizers and deal with individual driving problems.

“On the whole, the group has generally behaved well and the officers have been keeping a constant eye on the large numbers. However, we will pursue anyone who has driven dangerously on our Nottinghamshire roads.

“I want to reassure the community that we understand the implications of these issues and we will continue to work with our partners to do everything in our power to address them.”

If anyone has any information, video surveillance or dashcam footage that could help with our inquiries, please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 654, April 4, 2021.


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