Saturday, 19 Sep 2020

Hundreds of boy racers ignore social distancing during huge car meet

Hundreds of boy racers ignore social distancing during huge car meet at beauty spot in Bristol as furious locals blast loud music and sound of revving engines

  • Locals were infuriated by a gathering of 300 motorists on parkland in Bristol 
  • Police were alerted to reports of dangerous driving at the mass event on Sunday
  • Officers ‘will not allow public roads to be used as a race track’, statement said 

Police were called to a gathering of over 300 motorists on parkland in Bristol.

Pictures from the scene show hundreds of cars on Clifton Downs on Sunday, with large groups of people gathering together and blasting music.

There was even an ice cream van.

An eyewitness described how they had gone for a pleasant walk at the local beauty spot, only to discover a mass gathering of cars.

Police and the eyewitness confirmed that the motorists were speeding their cars around local roads in Clifton, along with engine revving and loud music blaring out.

Police were called to a gathering of over 300 motorists on parkland in Bristol, pictured above 

The local police force took to social media to confirm that they were in attendance at the scene.

They wrote: ‘We’re currently responding to reports more than 300 motorists have gathered on Clifton Downs, Bristol and are driving dangerously on surrounding roads.

‘Public safety is our utmost priority and action will be taken against anyone found to be breaking the law or endangering others.

‘Officers are at the scene and will not tolerate dangerous driving and will not allow public roads to be used as a race track.’

People took to Twitter to vent their anger.

Ann Hudson tweeted: ‘I heard it clearly from Clifton Down around 8pm yesterday it was extremely loud music and a lot of cars parked actually on the Downs. It’s becoming unruly.’

Dave Harries wrote: ‘Wonder what they are protesting about? Any idea? Not very peaceful for a while earlier with all the wheelspins and motor revving being done at the bottom of Stoke Hill either way.’

An eyewitness described how they had gone for a pleasant walk at the local beauty spot, only to discover a mass gathering of cars, pictured above 

Bristol City Councillor Don Alexander was angry about the damage caused by tyre tracks.

He said: ‘We have procedures in place – and in this case they were not followed.

‘I think I speak for everyone on the committee when I say I am extremely unhappy about what I saw this morning. To see people have been driving on the Downs like this is frustrating.’

He added: ‘Things like this cost money, money we do budget for, but money we could spend on other projects. There is a reason we have a procedure in place.

‘If anyone else is thinking about holding any event on The Downs, they must contact the Downs Committee first.’

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