Police shut down another car meet in Plymouth

In an ongoing endeavour to crack down on ‘boy racers’ around Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall police appear to have shut down another late night car meet at Marsh Mills. Video posted publicly on social media site Snapchat on Saturday night show big groups gathering in the car parks at both Sainsbury’s and Marsh Mills Retail Park. The videos, which are linked together based on their location in ‘snapmaps’, show an unusually large number of cars parked up outside venues like PC World and Homebase after the shops opening hours.

The footage, which comes from an anonymous Snapchat user, contains captions like ‘umm yes please!’ as they film a parked Audi on hash markings outside DFS. In another clip a different car can be heard revving its engine accompanied by the sound of ‘gunshots’ from a backfiring exhaust, while a group of men stand nearby. The string of footage, which is believed to have been filmed at about 9pm on Saturday, also contains a video of a police car driving through the car meet accompanied by the caption, ‘That be that then’ – indicating officers once again had to step in to shut it down.

More videos, which were timestamped later in the evening at about 11pm, show more car enthusiasts in the car park at Sainsbury’s with a different police vehicle also present.

A late night car meet at Marsh Mills Retail Park

In this case a modified car is filmed near the bottle bank, accelerating while its brakes are still on and creating a cloud of smoke which the person filming then coughs on. People can be heard whooping and laughing in the background. This is not the first time police have had to get involved with car enthusiasts in Plymouth.

A police car parked near other ‘boy racers’ at Sainsburys

At the end of June the police went in pursuit of the petrol heads who were staging meet-ups in car parks all around the city.

The constabulary also warned that anti-social drivers who infiltrate and damage the reputation of genuine car enthusiasts risk losing their vehicles. The warning came after a previous flurry of activity at Marsh Mills Retail Park where anti-social drivers plagued residents and stained the reputations of enthusiasts who regularly meet up to admire each others’ vehicles. Police seized a vehicle and reported a person for various motoring offences after they were filmed doing donuts in the same location at a previous car meet.

In a tweet, which featured a still from the video and a photo of a silver car being taken away on the back of pick-up truck, police said: “Drive like this, End up like this.”

They also said “this type of driving is dangerous and totally unacceptable” and punned “donut do it”.

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