Police clamp down on anti-social vehicle behaviour at car meet in Swindon

By Jessica Durston - 2 August 2022

Crime

Swindon Roads Policing Officers, supported by colleagues from specialist units, were on patrol last weekend to target a disruptive car meet.

  • Inspector Andrew Moreton

    Inspector Andrew Moreton

The force responded to reports on Sunday (30 July), of anti-social behaviour at a gathering of more than 100 vehicles in west Swindon.

Officers reported individuals for a total of 16 offences (including speeding), issued one fixed penalty notice and required one driver to fix a defect on their vehicle. 

Swindon Police also identified five vehicles with illegal view-obstructing stickers - ordering their immediate removal.

Inspector Andrew Moreton said: “We recognise that many car enthusiasts wish to gather with likeminded people, and it is not the aim of Op Staysail to target those who do so in a lawful and peaceful manner. 

“However, for those that intend to drive dangerously and cause serious distress to our local communities, they should understand that my officers will take proactive measures to disrupt this behaviour and will use all powers available to us, including prosecution of individuals for criminal offences. 

“We will continue to work with partners to take decisive action against these disruptive car meets.”

Individuals that witness anti-social behaviour can report it on 101 or on the police website at https://www.wiltshire.police.uk/ro/report/asb/asb/report-antisocial-behaviour/

In an emergency members of the public are being reminded to call 999.

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