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Police were called to a Lincoln car park after around a hundred cars gathered at the site unexpectedly.
Several residents complained about noise after cars with modified exhausts and “exotic” stereo systems pulled onto Tentercroft Street Car park late on Saturday, September 14.
It is believed the gathering was what is often referred to as a ‘cruisers’ event, where modified car enthusiasts meet to show off their vehicles.
One resident in Tentercroft Street described the sound of the event as being “like Silverstone”.
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A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “Initially we had reports of 25 vehicles congregating on the Tentercroft Street car park.
“That rose as time went by to something in the region of a hundred vehicles.
“We did monitor them throughout the night at the car park, and as some drove around the city.
“We did have some complaints about noise and we dealt with those by words of advice to those who were assembled and the people who were making too much noise.
“It was from exhaust systems and fairly exotic sound systems.”
Police believe the event was arranged on Facebook, but say none of the organisers contacted them about it beforehand.
“We understand residents’ frustrations,” the spokesman said.
“This event was organised at short notice and officers didn’t have any awareness that people would gather.
“If we had, we would have prevented it and taken action. It comes down to early reporting so we can disrupt any gatherings.
“We do have legislation in place that if people drive in an anti-social manner and we receive complaints from residents we can issue a criminal warning.
“If that car is then involved in another offence, we do have power to seize it and the owner has to pay to get it released.”
No criminal warnings have been issued as a result of the event.
A resident on Belle Vue Road who wished to remain anonymous, said: “The other night it was unbelievable. It sounded like it was Silverstone.
“It is making it a living nightmare for people living around here.
“Somebody is going to get killed whether it is themselves or some innocent person.
“The police have got to do something about it to help the residents but also stop somebody from being killed.”
Anyone aware of impromptu modified car events should call police on 101.