Dispersal order in place as over 200 cars meet in Harlow
Crime / Sat 15th Jul 2023 at 09:40pm
A DISPERSAL order is now in place in Harlow and Epping areas following an unauthorised car meet.
Up to 200 vehicles are estimated to be in attendance in Oaks Retail Park, Howards Way, Harlow.
The dispersal order will be in place from 9.30pm on Saturday 15 July until 7am the following day (16 July).
Inspector Danny Warner said: “We have taken this action to combat anti-social use of vehicles and because of the impact we know these types of events have on people who live in the area where they happen.
“Events such as this usually involve complaints about anti-social driving, speeding, racing, and loud exhausts.
“We want to protect the safety of all road users and minimise the disruption caused to our residents.
“Anyone found acting anti-socially will be directed by an officer to leave the area.”
The district of Harlow is defined in the map as River Way, Church Langley, Old Harlow and Harlow Town Centre.
The district of Epping Forest is defined as Epping, Ongar, Loughton and surrounding villages.
It’s about time they put some gates over there, including Wicks car park and Burntmill estate. Simple then they can’t get in.
Rather than a heavy handed approach with blanket bans maybe Essex police should learn from Yorkshire police, young people would have more respect for the police as a result https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/police-praised-posing-high-performance-20924806
Heavy handed? This has gone on in the area late at night for a number of years. My neighbours and I have been trying to get something done and met with fob offs from the Police. It is possible to have fun without being an inconvenience to others. Attempts at getting gates has been made, but the owners aren't interested! Time these dispersal orders were used more regularly. They also hold races between the three McDonald's drive thrus. We've had one tragedy in the area recently - we don't need to create the right conditions for more! Mark Gough - Reform UK