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Police crackdown on anti-social car gatherings in Newport

Police will be cracking down on anti-social vehicle gatherings after videos emerged of a car rally in a supermarket car park last week.

Officers from Gwent Police were on “high visibility patrol at Tesco Extra, Newport to prevent ASB with vehicles,” on Easter Sunday, with plans to patrol the city in the evening.

Last week, it was reported that police had to shut down a car rally at a supermarket after hundreds of people turned up.

The gathering, which was caught on video, appeared to show a large number of people standing next to each other without any social distancing.

It flouted the current Welsh Government ruling that only a maximum of six people from two households are permitted to meet outdoors including in private gardens and private outdoor spaces.

Now, Gwent Police has said they’ll be patrolling the city and potentially seizing vehicles that are being used in an antisocial manner.

On Twitter, the Gwent Police Newport Officers account, said: “Officers will be patrolling Newport this evening and dealing robustly with any gatherings where vehicles are being driven in an anti-social manner.

“Those involved could face fines or having their vehicle seized.”

The supermarket in Spytty has long had a problem with large ‘car meets’ with numerous cases of anti-social behaviour being reported prior to the pandemic.

Discussing last week’s incident, a spokeswoman said: “We had a number of calls reporting anti-social driving where cars had gathered in the car park.”



The meet-ups have long been a problem for those living in the area

They added: “Officers attended and the vehicles were dispersed. Section 59 notices were issued, which are warnings that allow vehicles to be seized if they are seen being driven in an anti-social manner again.

“We will not tolerate dangerous driving. Any motorist found driving their vehicle in such a manner will be prosecuted.”

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