Police vow to take action on anti-social 'car meets' at Totton Morrisons and Calmore Industrial Estate
POLICE have vowed to maintain an enhanced presence in a bid to deter large anti-social “car meets” after hundreds of vehicles reportedly gathered outside a Totton supermarket.
Sunday night’s disturbance in the Morrisons car park, off Spruce Drive, followed a series of incidents last year in which groups of motorists were said to have raced and performed stunts at the nearby Calmore Industrial Estate.
Officers responded to a call-out to the latest incident at around 9.20pm amid local residents' claims that around 300 vehicles were involved.
On arrival they saw a large number of vehicles leaving the area, but no arrests were made.
A spokesperson for the Hampshire force said afterwards that enquiries “remain ongoing at this time”.
He said: “We fully appreciate that incidents such as these cause a nuisance to local residents and business owners, with increased levels of noise and associated anti-social behaviour.
“Our officers will continue to have an increased presence across hotspot areas in Totton and Calmore to deter events such as these large-scale car meets from taking place in the future.
“If we encounter these events, we will do our utmost to educate those in attendance and take robust enforcement action where necessary.”
As reported in the A&T, police were called to several so-called car meets at Calmore Industrial Estate, off Brunel Road, last year.
These included a gathering of over 100 people and their vehicles on the night of 7th August, when one vehicle was seen driving dangerously and doing doughnuts near bystanders.
A police Facebook post at the time said: “This is not fun. This is dangerous. Someone will get hurt.”
The group watching the stunts had also obstructed officers, preventing them from driving forward, and behaved in an anti-social manner.
Later, on the night of 2nd October, more than 60 vehicles were stopped at the site, with tickets issued for defects including illegal number plates and exhausts.
People are urged to report suspicious activity by calling 101 or via bit.ly/3eMNZLl but dial 999 in an emergency.