Car enthusiasts warned not to go to planned meets in Staffordshire

Police in Staffordshire say those attending planned car meets could be fined - or their vehicle taken away.

The force is aware of planned events in Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent this weekend.

But a senior police officer is urging people to think twice before going, as they could be in breach of the current coronavirus guidelines.

Superintendent Tom Chisholm, Head of Neighbourhood Policing at Staffordshire Police, said: “We will be deploying more officers to these areas and will deal with any offences robustly, those taking part could face fines or even having their cars seized.

"These gatherings are disruptive to local residents and in breach of signposted restrictions.

“Coronavirus continues to be a major risk, so we would urge people not to attend the events as there can be large numbers involved. We are asking drivers considering attending for the purposes of social gathering to consider the nuisance effects on local residents and stay away.

“I’m also calling on the public to help us – if you have any intelligence or hear about an event taking place, please get in touch with us so we can prevent it.”

If you suspect a gathering is being set up or there is suspicious activity, contact Staffordshire Police via Facebook or Twitter, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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