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Here's why police didn't break up 500-person Trowbridge car meet Featured

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Hundreds of car enthusiasts met up for an event in Trowbridge last weekend forcing police to close off the multi-storey car park.

On Sunday, September 13 police were called to the multi-storey in Trowbridge to disperse a ‘large group’ of petrol heads following numerous complaints from residents about the ‘noise and the manner of driving’.

Police blocked off the entrance and moved the high-performance cars along, who later assembled with over 500 revellers at the White Horse Business Park – many of whom did not appear to socially distance or wear face coverings.

Insp Andy Fee said: “Officers initially attended St Stephen’s Place car park at approximately 6pm following reports of anti-social driving.

“A group of approximately 20-30 vehicles were located at the car park – officers spoke to individuals and words of advice were given and the group left the scene.

“At approximately 7pm, officers were made aware of a large gathering of vehicles at the White Horse Industrial Estate. When officers attended, there were approximately 150 vehicles and 500 people at the scene and it would have been unsafe for officers to break up the gathering.

“As in line with the way we police large gatherings, officers monitored the incident throughout the evening with the assistance of roads policing officers and the majority of the group had dispersed by 9.30pm.”

One attendee of the meet, Daniel, who was drove an Audi said: “I have come over the bridge from Chepstow to take part in this car meet.

“I suppose with the announcement from the government that no gathering of more than six it was the last chance to get together with like-minded car enthusiasts.”

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