Hundreds of petrol-heads snub social-distancing to watch motors

Hundreds of petrol-heads snub social-distancing to watch souped-up motors parade through Sainsbury’s car park

  • Residents complained after flash cars drove through the car park on Saturday
  • West Yorkshire Police officers were at the scene blocking the car park entrance
  • One resident expressed concern about the speeds the vehicles were going 
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Hundreds of petrol-heads flouted social distancing rules to watch souped-up motors parade through a Sainsbury’s car park in Leeds.

Flash cars drove through the area in Alwoodley on Saturday night, with residents complaining to West Yorkshire police after roads became blocked.

The event came after messages advertising the meet had been circulating around social media and the scene has been described as looking like a ‘car showroom’.

Social distancing rules put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic specifically prohibit mass gatherings. 

One resident who did not want to be named said: ‘The speed some of these people going it’s a 20mph zone all around this estate.

Flash cars drove through the area in Alwoodley on Saturday night, with residents complaining to West Yorkshire police after roads became blocked

‘Our neighbours who have a four-year-old were concerned about the noise these type of cars make, they are so loud.

‘I’m disappointed really that police blocked Homebase entrance and not Moor Allerton Centre entrance.

‘Sainsburys is still open and their car park is rammed. It would be great to attend the event and look at the cars but it’s not correctly organised or policed.’  

Footage shows sports cars can be seen driving at high speeds in the car park and there were also been reports of speeding in the area, which has a speed limit of 20mph. 


The event came after messages advertising the meet had been circulating around social media and the scene has been described as looking like a ‘car showroom’.

West Yorkshire Police officers were at the scene blocking the entrance for further vehicles. 

It comes after other reports lockdown-defying gatherings at the weekend.  Officers are a sex attack on an 18-year-old female, who attended an illegal party of around 2,000 revellers in Greater Manchester on Saturday night.

It took place as 4,000 party-goers gathered for a so-called ‘quarantine rave’, also in Greater Manchester, while others broke lockdown laws to party beside a motorway near Leeds. 

A 20-year-old man died of a suspected drug overdose during one of the three events, which collectively attracted more than 6,000 people.  

West Yorkshire Police have been contacted for further comment.  

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