Joint operation to tackle dangerous driving and anti-social behaviour

Thames Valley Police and Cherwell District Council have carried out a joint operation to disrupt a large-scale car cruise event in Banbury.

Published: Tuesday, 19th February 2019

On Sunday, 17 February, officers and council staff worked in partnership to take proactive action to disrupt the event and prevent offences being committed. Around 400 car enthusiasts gathered at Halford’s car park on Southam Road. Officers were present to monitor and safeguard the public.

Neighbourhood Inspector John Batty said: “Overall those who attended this car cruise event were genuine car enthusiasts and were not looking to cause trouble.

“They engaged well with officers and worked with them to keep disruption to the local community to a minimum.

“Although anti-social behaviour was reduced on this occasion, we continue to ask that those organising large scale events work with the local authority to make sure we keep our communities safe.”

Cllr Andrew McHugh, Cherwell’s lead member for health and wellbeing, said: “For anyone looking to organise a large public event, the council and its partners can offer clear guidance to make sure the safety of those attending is properly taken care of.

“This unauthorised event could have posed a real risk to public safety and I am delighted that we were able to work proactively with the police to minimise that danger on this occasion.”

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