Police respond to 200-vehicle car meet seen across Greater Manchester

At around 7pm, Greater Manchester Police were called to reports of a ‘large-scale car meet’ taking place at various locations around Greater Manchester.

Three vehicles were seized, and more than 50 drivers will be prosecuted for taking part.

Officers said the car meet started at a Pilsworth car park and ended up travelling throughout Manchester, involving around 200 vehicles.

PC Oliver Garner from Operation Marshall said: “This is a fantastic step towards making the roads of Greater Manchester a safer place for all those them.

“My message to those involved in car meets is clear, your actions create risks sadly seen from tragic events in history.

“You may think action wasn’t taken against you at the time, however, post review always takes place and action is taken as many have already seen.

“Trafford and Stockport boroughs have orders in place and simply turning up is a breach which we work closely with Trafford and Stockport Council to enforce.”

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit (RPU) and Operation Marshall have been proactively working to identify some of the most prolific offenders.

Op Marshall aims to reduce the impact, risk and criminality associated with car cruise events.

The aim is to work effectively with partners, event organisers, other stakeholders, and the public, to reduce, as far as possible, disruption to local communities.

Officers also work with insurers to identify breaches of policy and seize any vehicles found to be uninsured.

PC Garner added: “These car meets are illegal and are not safely managed, they put lives at risk not just for those who attend these meets but the for the innocent public who are on the roads as well.

“We take a zero-tolerance approach to these kinds of events and those drivers who we have identified will receive a notice of prosecution in the post.

“Those involved in Operation Marshall will continue to work hard to bring offenders to justice and continue the work we have done to bring these illegal car meets to a complete stop.”

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