Crowds ignore new covid restrictions to watch supercar drivers do doughnuts

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Crowds of people gathered in Kensington on Sunday for a ‘supercar meet up’ involving high-performance vehicle and motorcycles.

Video from the event, shared on social media, showed motorcyclists speeding along the pavement and going between bollards after 11pm on September 13.

Another clip also revealed a driver performing a series of screeching ‘doughnuts’ in the road as groups of people filmed it on their phones.

Met Police officers later dispersed the crowds, with some vehicles reported to have left ‘at speed with traffic units in pursuit’, Twitter user Cobra Emergency said.

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Several people took to social media to register their concern over the gathering. One person wrote: ‘Truly disgusting and I hope that the Met Police will deal with this. Disrupting Londoners and clearly disrupting people trying to get home etc.’

Another added: ‘Disgusting behaviour. They don’t think the rules of the road apply to them and give drivers a bad name. It’s high time they were made to have registration plates and insurance – that’ll teach them.’

The meet-up took place just as Boris Johnson’s ‘rule of six’ came into effect across England. The new restrictions prevent people from meeting up with more than five other people outside their household, in the park, a restaurant or their home.

Anyone caught breaking the new rules could be arrested or fined up to £100, rising to £3,200 if left unpaid.

This is not the first time a vehicle meet-up has taken place during the pandemic, with supercar fans previously breaking social distancing rules to congregate in London during March, when the virus was at its peak.

Drivers were reportedly seen exceeding 50mph and wheel-spinning on the roads in front of crowds of around 200 people.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said: ‘Police responded to numerous calls on the evening of Sunday, 13, of anti-social behaviour by drivers of high performance cars in the Princes Gate area of Kensington and the SW1 area of Westminster.

‘Officers attended and attempted to engage with those involved. Temporary road closures were put in place where necessary to reduce the risk to members of the public. There were no arrests.’

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