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The police called for an illegal Thurrock car meeting that attracted around 450 cars in a “blatant violation” of Covid-19 regulations

Hundreds of cars attended an illegal car meet in Essex over Easter weekend.

Last night (Sunday April 4) a large group of coronavirus rule breakers met in the Sainsbury’s car park in Chelmsford and then moved to The Manorway in Thurrock.

Essex police officers were made aware of the large car meeting and rushed to the scene to disperse the drivers. Officials warned drivers to go home or expect their vehicles to be confiscated.

When officials arrived, they found up to 450 cars illegally attending the car meeting, in violation of current government coronavirus regulations.

Last night Chief Inspector Richard Melton, District Commander of Thurrock said, “If you come to Thurrock tonight and take a car cruise, your car could be confiscated.

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“Our partners in the Thurrock Council have taken additional measures, such as

“And this weekend we have additional resources at our disposal, which means that if you come here, we will have the manpower to take care of you.
“If you go anywhere else in the county, we’ll be there too.”

“This meeting would be a clear and blatant violation of the government’s Covid-19 regulations”

Chief Insp Melton added that these events can pose a risk to attendees and the public: “We know that at these events there are some of those involved who are anti-social and sometimes dangerous driving.

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“That endangers them as well as the public.

“In addition, this meeting would be a clear and blatant violation of the government’s Covid-19 regulations. So if you do participate you can expect a fine.

“Our message is clear: if you are planning a meeting, don’t do it. Go home. You could have your car confiscated, fined for violating Covid-19 regulations, and we have the resources to treat you. “

We have contacted the Essex Police Department for an update on this incident and will provide you with the latest information when we receive it.

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