Peterborough police called to clear 'senseless; gathering in car park

Peterborough police had to disperse a gathering in a city car park after reports of people breaching COVID rules.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 5:25 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 6:34 pm

Officers attended the gathering of vehicles in Hampton, near the KFC and Vivacity gym last night.

Residents complained of noise, mess and the breach of lockdown rules.

Cllr John Howard, who represents the Hargate and Hempsted ward, labelled the meeting as 'senseless' in a Facebook post, and, said: "We have been working on the issues of antisocial behaviour at the Vivacity Premier Fitness site in Hampton.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Rubbish left at the site. Pic: Cllr Howard
Rubbish left at the site. Pic: Cllr Howard

"This has included regular dialogue with Enforcement, Police, Stakeholders and the local residents who have been suffering with the car meets at this site.

"Outcomes have included temporary barriers at various points during the lockdown.

"A cross-party task force is looking at the aspects and impact of car cruises across the City, however locally we are pushing the car park landowners to install barriers and discussions remain ongoing.

"During lockdown is not the time for any such car meets. At the Vivacity site the noise brings misery to the local residents and the litter left behind at the site puts a pressure on all the local service providers in the area. We will continue to work for longer-term solutions on this issue

A police spokesman said; "Yesterday evening (21 March) we received reports of vehicles gathering in a car park on Hadfield Road, Peterborough.

"Reports expressed concerns around noise pollution and a breach of Covid regulations.

"Officers attended the area and the vehicles subsequently moved on."

There were a number of issues with car cruise style events in Peterborough last year - including in the Hampton car park.