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Car cruise converges on Greenwich as police close streets

The sound of exhausts reverberated around Greenwich Peninsula last night after a large number of modified cars ended up on the Peninsula.

Police had closed off the Westferry roundabout on the Isle of Dogs which had proved to be a popular location for meets on prior occasions – which then saw many drivers head through Blackwall Tunnel to car parks and areas near Ikea as well as homes around Greenwich millennium Village

Police then shut the car park which caused cinema patrons heading to Odeon being unable to park.

The August Bank Holiday cruise is one of the biggest of the year with hundreds of cars converging from across the country. Previous examples have drawn much criticism for blocking public roads and accusations of dangerous driving.

This time around the Met blocked off certain areas – which saw drivers then head elsewhere. Could Greenwich now be a location for future meets?

4 Comments

  1. Roy

    More silliness from the MPS….can’t catch burglars or people with no tax or insurance or driving licence or speeding but plenty of police to stop people doing something usually harmless and enjoyable

  2. Graham

    If you lived in the area and trying to get children to sleep or are vulnerable the noise from these cars can be frightening. While keeping people awake. The article does not say if residents alerted the police. Also remember Covid-19 restrictions are also still in place with regard to crowds gathering.

    Many youngster used to meet at Asda Car Pak in Charlton in their modified cars the noise of the souped up engines where horrendous Then they would speed around the car park and the local area at high speeds racing each other with out any consideration to other road users or pedestrians.

    So the MPS was right to act. Meet by all means but turn the engines off when stationery and keep with in the speed limits when driving your cars.

    Sadly due to ULEZ a lot of older classic car shows that used to take part in London have been cancelled.

  3. John

    I bet a large number of the modified cars have invalidated their insurance by the modifications.
    I wonder if the insurance companies would pay out if they hit anyone?

    Its sad that the public get inconvenienced by the closing of car-parks etc. There must be another way to deter anti social behaviour.

  4. Ed

    Well I was driving back to Greenwich through the Blackwall Tunnel and encountered a train of cars together, slowing down and speeding up through the tunnel. Harmless you may think you are, but pretty antisocial and irritating to the rest of the drivers making their way through an already stressful drive that evening.

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