East Cambs Modified Season Opener for 2016 has been advertised for this evening at 7PM. It is likely to be taking place at St Thomas’ Place, Ely, and the Park and Ride Car Park off Bartholemew’s Walk.
This is a meeting for car enthusiasts – with modified vehicles including bikes, trucks and 4x4s.
While we don’t want to create obstacles for any peaceful meetings of enthusiasts we have previously received reports of antisocial behaviour associated with car cruising – usually associated with manner of driving, noise pollution and occasional littering.
We have made numerous attempts to contact the organiser of this event to encourage some measure of engagement between the event and the police to ensure safety – this hasn’t been reciprocated.
We don’t endorse this event, and we want people to be aware of that before they make any decision to attend.
There are a number of local car shows that work closely with us to ensure the safety of those in attendance and the broader community. We are more than happy to sign post people to these events if they are interested.
We will be patrolling the events and officers are being briefed to take positive action against any offences that are committed – of a road traffic nature or otherwise.
Duty Sergeant Dan Bramley has stated:
“Our first priority is always the safety of the community. Without working with the organisers on an event of this nature we can’t reassure you that the gathering will be a safe one. As a consequence we can only advise people to stay at home.”
If you have any information to provide on car cruise events you can message us here, or call 101.
If you would like to provide information anonymously, you can call CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.
Press release by Cambridgeshire Police, Ely Station