Sea of souped-up motors flood Southend seafront as up to 5,000 attend car meet

Sea of souped-up motors flood Southend seafront as up to 5,000 petrol-heads attend unofficial bank holiday car meet Police went to the Essex town to break up the gathering, which was illegal due to coronavirus restrictions Officers ordered motorists to go home but did not issue any fines, which could be as much as £10,000 Today police said they were able to 'peacefully' break up the event but could not say now many attended

By Rory Tingle For Mailonline

Published: 09:42 BST, 1 September 2020 | Updated: 14:38 BST, 1 September 2020

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A sea of souped-up motors flooded the Southend seafront last night as up to 5,000 petrol-heads attended an unofficial bank holiday car meet.

Police went to the Essex town to break up the gathering, which was illegal due to coronavirus restrictions preventing groups of more than 30 meeting together with the threat of a £10,000 fine for the organiser. 

Officers ordered the motorists to go home but did not issue any fines, although a driver was taken into custody nearby for driving without a number plate.

Police went to the Essex town to break up the gathering, (pictured) which was illegal due to coronavirus restrictions preventing groups of more than 30 meeting together

Officers ordered the motorists to go home but did not issue any fines, although a driver was taken into custody nearby for driving without a number plate

Officers ordered the motorists to go home but did not issue any fines, although a driver was taken into custody nearby for driving without a number plate

Today an Essex Police spokesman said officers were able to 'peacefully' break up the event but could not confirm how many people attended.

A spokesman for Safer Southend said: 'Officers are patrolling an unauthorised car cruise in Southend tonight with colleagues from Southend Police.

'There is currently an injunction in place in Southend to protect residents from any dangerous driving and ASB. Good engagements thus far and no issues.'

Meanwhile, the roads policing unit tweeted: 'Very lucky to have support from

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