A BLACK McLaren ‘supercar’ was seized by police when hundreds of vehicles gathered on Marine Drive at the weekend.
Patrols attended the Marine Drive ‘meet-up’ on Sunday (June 6) following reports that some of the cars were being driven in an anti-social manner.
Police spoke to numerous drivers, issued eight warnings and conducted roadside breath tests and drugs checks.
Officers seized the black McLaren after repeated warnings were given to the owner for driving the car in an anti-social manner.
The man, a 30-year-old from the Liverpool area, had been issued with a Section 59 warning previously and so his vehicle was seized for a repeat offence.
In September, the Champion revealed that calls were being made for ‘supercar meet-ups’ in the town to be stopped in their tracks if heading for the resort.
Gatherings of the souped-up cars have been described by concerned residents and visitors to the town as ‘dangerous’ and their calls are backed by Southport MP Damien Moore who called for the police to intervene if they continued to take place.
Mr Moore was contacted by several local people who shared their concerns about drivers speeding and braking sharply along Marine Drive, as well as large crowds and a lack of social distancing in an area popular with families enjoying days out by the beach. Referring to Sunday’s meet-up, Inspector Carl McNulty, sai: “We know that driving in an anti-social manner can cause significant nuisance, stress and danger to our communities and that’s why we continue to work proactively disrupt those who behave in such a manner.
“We hope that the seizure shows that if you are issued with a Section 59 warning because of your behaviour and you ignore us, there are no excuses, we will take your vehicle away.
“Rest assured that this manner of driving will not be tolerated on the roads of Merseyside, and we will continue to respond to concerns raised by the public.”
Anyone with information on anti-social behaviour in their area can DM @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’. You can also call 101.