Police have issued a warning on unauthorised car meets ahead of a planned event set to be attended by hundreds.
Officers dispersed around 300 drivers gathered for a Clifton Down rally on August 23, as locals complained of “wheelspins and motor revving”.
Now another Bristol meet is being advertised to take place on Bank Holiday Monday (August 31). We are not reporting the time or location.
More than 400 people have said on Facebook they are interested in attending Monday’s event.
Avon and Somerset police have released a statement ahead of the event, stressing unauthorised car rallies can cause “significant impact on local residents and businesses”.
The force says: “Early intervention is key to preventing community tension and managing any potential issues with anti-social or illegal activity.
“We encourage personal responsibility on the road and we will not tolerate dangerous driving. Police will deploy extra resources when we know unauthorised ‘car meets’ are happening.
“Those who engage in dangerous and antisocial driving will be dealt with at the scene, or body-worn video footage will be used to take retrospective action.
“If you spot signs of these types of events starting, please report this immediately by calling 101.”
Organisers have encouraged a “great turnout” for the meet on Monday.
A force spokesperson said: “Police are aware of social media posts publicising a car meet on Bank Holiday Monday.
“Officers are trying to speak to the organisers to discuss their plans and their safety and social distancing arrangements.
“We’re also talking to our partners about how to minimise the potential disruption to the local community and businesses from any such event.”
The force has reminded people that gatherings of more than 30 people are still banned under coronavirus restrictions.
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“If any such event goes ahead officers will be there to engage, explain, encourage and where necessary enforce the legislation,” the spokesperson added.
“Officers will also take action over any anti-social vehicle use or driving offences.”
Speaking during a Facebook live video on Wednesday, chief constable Andy Marsh said the force is keen to prevent unlawful raves, car meets and gatherings.
He said: “If you see people setting up or news on the web about a car gathering, a meet, or a music event, tell us.
“We have had a really good response to that and we have mounted an operation every weekend and we will be mounting an operation this weekend to do our very best to prevent them, so the appeal is to do that again.”
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The police chief said the meet at the Downs was dispersed “within a couple of hours” but admitted that there was some “disruption and damage.”
He added: “We would rather have been able to prevent that but we dispersed it as quickly as we could.”