Car cruisers targeted in weekend operation

23 March 2022

Thurrock Council and Essex Police officers joined forces for a 2-day operation to tackle car cruisers in West Thurrock.

Thurrock Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Anti-Social Behaviour, Cllr Rob Gledhill, joined officers during the operation. He said: "We have once again shown car cruisers that will not tolerate their reckless and anti-social behaviour on our roads and any attempt to flout the West Thurrock Public Space Protection Order will be met with strict enforcement action.

"Local residents in Chafford and the surrounding areas should not have to put up with the noise from the illegal car meets and cruising events. These drivers put themselves, spectators and other road users at risk and it is only right that we take action to stamp out their dangerous activities. That is why we have a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in place to prevent this kind of activity in West Thurrock.

"We will continue to take tough action against anyone who disobeys this order and thinks that they can use Thurrock's roads as racing tracks and a place for illegal car shows. This approach appears to be working, the vast majority of those who were in the area were acting responsibly and considerately.

"This is yet another excellent example of our officers working with Essex Police to address and change anti-social behaviour in the borough."

The operation did still see:

  • 4 drivers issued tickets for motoring offences
  • 2 drivers warned their vehicles could be confiscated
  • 5 searches carried out
  • 1 person fined for breaching the terms of the PSPO that prevents car cruisers from meeting in West Thurrock
  • 1 driver stopped for speeding
  • 2 drivers set to end up in court for speeding because they reached speeds in excess of 120 miles an hour

For more information about the West Thurrock PSPO, go to