Warning over illegal activity at car meets

Car enthusiasts are being reminded to respect communities and the law when attending meet ups.

Monday, 29th June 2020, 10:46 am
Updated Monday, 29th June 2020, 10:48 am
Anti-social behaviour and speeding have been reported at car meets in the car park for St Mary's Island.

Motorists have been meeting at a particular locations to showcase their vehicles and discuss engines, designs and all things related to cars.

However, following recent concerns from communities and reports of anti-social behaviour and speeding, officers from Northumbria Police’s Operation Dragoon Team are reminding the public to stay safe and act in accordance with the law when attending these meets.

Operation Dragoon Sergeant Phil Emmerson said: “The vast majority of car enthusiasts do not cause issues for other road users or local residents.

“However, there is a minority who have no regard for the safety of other road users and the consideration of local residents.

“Recently we have seen issues at and around Mermaid car park in Blyth, St Mary’s lighthouse in Whitley Bay and on the A193 Links Road.

“Those who choose to meet in appropriate locations, with land owner’s consent, and socialise in an acceptable and reasonable manner will be supported in this right.

“However, those who feel that they can use roads as race tracks and car parks or industrial estates as performance areas will be dealt with robustly.

“Anyone who feels the need to act in an anti-social manner or disturb the local community through noise will also be dealt with swiftly.”

Those found driving in a careless or dangerous manner, causing unnecessary noise or acting in an anti-social manner could see action taken against them in the form of vehicle seizures, fixed penalty tickets, dispersals and where necessary arrests.

Where appropriate, officers may also speak to the insurance company about vehicle modifications to ensure all have been done legally.

Sgt Emmerson added: “If you act and drive a safe and legal car in a reasonable manner, showing respect to the local community, then you will not be stopped any more than any other driver.

“But be warned, the courts take disorderly and dangerous driving seriously and the impact this can have on a driver’s livelihood cannot be measured. Vehicles can be seized, fines issued, licences lost and drivers can even find themselves behind bars.

“Be respectful and safe – the consequences just aren’t worth it.”