New powers to curb 'drag racing' at Guildford Cruise

New powers have been introduced to curb anti-social behaviour at a monthly event for motoring enthusiasts.

Surrey Police said a dispersal order had been introduced to tackle problems at Guildford Cruise held at the Ladymead retail park.

Officers said they had received complaints that motorists were involved in drag racing and spinning manoeuvres.

Event organisers said it was not a street racing event but a meeting place for "car modification enthusiasts".

Under the six-month dispersal order, police can make groups of two or more leave the area and not return for 24 hours.

'Drag racing'

If they refuse or return within this time they may be arrested and charged.

Sgt Amy Buffoni said: "The event can attract up to 300 cars and the behaviours demonstrated by some drivers can be very intimidating.

"We were getting between 10 and 20 complaints every time it took place, mainly relating to the excessive noise caused by spinning, manoeuvres and drag racing, criminal damage and littering."

In a statement, the organisers said: "We do not condone the actions of any individuals who choose to use their cars in an irresponsible manner.

"The Guildford Cruise is not a street racing event, and is intended purely to provide a place for car modification enthusiasts to meet."

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