Corby car meet warning.. police say it won't be worth the drive

Officers say they'll use the full force of the law to break up the proposed gathering

Friday, 25th June 2021, 2:49 pm
Updated Friday, 25th June 2021, 2:50 pm
File picture. Alison Bagley Photography.

Police officers are warning people not to come to Corby for an unauthorised car meet this weekend.

Northants Police have been told of the possible event in the town for tomorrow (Saturday, June 26) but are warning drivers it won't be worth the journey.

In a statement this afternoon, they said that if an unauthorised gathering does take place anywhere, they will use dispersal powers under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to move people on and prevent the event going ahead.

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Police can also use section 50 of the Police Reform Act 2002 to compel anyone acting in an anti-social manner to provide their name and address.

A Force spokeswoman said: “As well as being illegal, unauthorised events on public roads can be unsafe and put those involved at significant risk of collisions and injury.

“We also have to consider that Covid-19 legislation remains in place which means outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are not allowed, so even a static event would be likely to constitute a breach.

“We can’t allow this sort of gathering. If an event does take shape here, our Safer Roads Team and the Corby Neighbourhood Policing Team will be taking firm action to move anyone attending on.

“Anyone caught driving unlawfully will be prosecuted, and participants could be issued with fixed penalty notices for gathering in contravention of Covid-19 regulations.”

Anyone with information about any event of this nature is encouraged to call Northamptonshire Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.