London Tunnel Run 2017: Mass convoy of 'boy racers' through capital's streets cancelled amid police crackdown

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A mass convoy of boy racers set to parade through the capital’s streets has been cancelled after police threatened a major crackdown.

The London Tunnel Run, planned for Sunday night, was set to see more than 1,000 souped-up cars gathering in Surrey Quays shopping centre car park before touring the city centre.

The event also took place in April, but sparked scores of complaints from residents who bemoaned “chaos and gridlock” on the roads.

Rotherhithe and Blackwall tunnels were forced to close because of the traffic caused by the rally.

The August bank holiday event, which has more than 2,000 people registered as “interested”, has now been cancelled due to pressure from the police and council.

The organisers said they were asked to pull the event amid concerns “over health and safety”, including the current threat of terrorism.

“I’m gutted we can’t have these tunnel runs events anymore. I’ve been doing them for years now,” said one organiser called Rob.

He told the Standard the huge scale of the event had led to worries over potential accidents or damage to property.

He said: “Obviously those responsible would be dealt with but it would come back to us and fall on our shoulders and we could receive a five figure fine or imprisonment for organising the event and bringing everyone there in the first place.

“So we have had to cancel the event and any other events in the London area. We have now set up a strictly ‘static’ (park & pose) event with much less attendees… due to take place on the same day but outside of London.”

Despite the cancellation, the Met Police issued a warning in which they said vehicles could be seized.

The statement, circulated on social media, read: “Unnecessary noise, antisocial behaviour or traffic offences will be dealt with robustly by police.

“There is a dispersal zone in place for the majority of the Rotherhithe / Surrey Docks / Canada Water area and Section 59 notices may be used, to allow police to disperse those behaving anti-socially and seize vehicles where necessary.

“Please do not risk coming to this event and losing your vehicle.”

Following April’s event, a Met Police spokeswoman told the Standard that no arrests were made and no issues were recorded.

However, residents complained about the “noise of loud revving of cars and motorbikes and loud bangs from backfiring exhausts”.

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