Over 100 vehicles gather in Wilmslow for illegal street racing

Officers arrested one man and gave more than 30 tickets to drivers following an illegal car meet, which began in Wilmslow then went Rudheath and Crewe.

Police received 27 calls between 9pm and 10.34pm on Sunday 5th December from concerned residents regarding over 100 driving dangerously, speeding and creating excess noise.

Officers, from the local policing units, the drone unit, roads policing and the police helicopter, worked together to close roads and target ringleaders. Officers are reviewing footage and are intending to prosecute a number of drivers due to their manner of driving.

A 22-year-old man from Leeds was also arrested on suspicion of endangering aircraft and causing danger to road users with his use of a drone. He has since been released under investigation pending further enquires.

Inspector Anton Sullivan from the Roads and Crime Unit said: "These meetings cause a lot of anger and upset in the community, with residents fearing serious harm.

"These enthusiasts are putting themselves and others in serious danger. Frustratingly it's something we witness across the county so we have a no tolerance approach – using a large amount of resources from across the county to bring the incident under control and disperse the cars and crowds.

"We do not seek to spoil enthusiasts' fun. We've got nothing against car enthusiasts wanting to spend time admiring cars, but there is a line that is crossed when vehicles are being driven dangerously at speed or in an anti-social manner; we're protecting them from themselves.

"We will continue to clamp down on this type of reckless behaviour, supporting our local policing units, and will use all our powers to prosecute those involved."

Anyone with footage or pictures of the event, is requested to let the police know via the online reporting function and quote IML 1149233. 



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Alan Brough
Tuesday 7th December 2021 at 8:07 am
May I respectfully request that Cheshire Police keep an eye on the YouTube channel to which the spotters upload their evidence. It could save some boot leather.

Fiona Doorbar
Tuesday 7th December 2021 at 9:51 am
I was informed a couple of years ago that the police can’t prosecute off YouTube and Instagram video but if that has changed please forgive me.
Ben Davies
Wednesday 8th December 2021 at 5:46 pm
They can and have prosecuted off dash
cam evidence that has been put on YouTube.
Fiona Doorbar
Thursday 9th December 2021 at 5:22 am
Wonder why I was told the following back in April then??
‘Warnings and prosecution for anti social driving have to be issued at the time and cannot be issued retrospectively by these videos unfortunately.’
Alan Brough
Thursday 9th December 2021 at 7:54 am
The last line of the article contains a plea from Cheshire Police asking for "footage" of the event - I was just signposting them to Youtube where quite a lot of footage is uploaded on a weekly basis.

It might also help others determine whether the problem is a real one, or just a bunch of old nimby's trying to spoil some fun (as has been suggested - usually by those living out of earshot of the A34)
David Smith
Monday 13th December 2021 at 2:31 pm
Anyone with doubts or still wanting to understand the Kensington & Chelsea acoustic camera trial and successful implementation can hear all about it from Councillor Johnny Thalassites - the Cabinet Member for Planning, Place and the Environment on Kensington and Chelsea Council - at the following link:


Still the best long-term solution for ANYWHERE that exhaust noise is a problem.

If it’s the implementation, that you are not so sure about, of a 20mph speed limit down Alderley Edge High Street to protect cyclists & pedestrians check out this impressive, high-tech bit of kit from PARIFEX:


Also the artist’s impression of a speed cushion for this article suggests the High Street will be narrowed and so restrict the flow of traffic. The bog standard ‘speed cushion’ as described in the link below is ‘old hat’ and rather useless, being just about wide enough for vehicles to straddle it without feeling a thing!

Mark Goldsmith
Monday 13th December 2021 at 7:00 pm

I have already contacted Cllr Thalassites about their scheme and he provided me with the details of the company that supplied the recording equipment to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

This company is based in Southampton and seems to work exclusively in the South East. I have contacted them to see if they are interested in running a similar scheme in Cheshire East and am awaiting their reply.

Therefore, this is something we are exploring. Ideally, it would be a portable, battery operated system that does not require expensive hard wiring into the electrical mains. It would enable it to pop up where problems occur around the borough as other roads like the Macclesfield bypass also suffer from excessive vehicle noise problems too.

Cllr Mark Goldsmith
Residents of Wilmslow
Wilmslow West & Chorley