Woman gets £10,000 fine for throwing New Year’s Eve party for 100 as crowds thronged on Kensington street where police banned supercar meet
- Over 100 people gathered on Exhibition Road in Kensington on New Year’s Eve
- Police issued a dispersal order after hearing a supercar event had been set up
- Officers spotted large crowd outside a house at around 11.30pm last Thursday
- It comes after petrolheads gathered along the same road in September last year
A woman is set to be fined £10,000 after holding a New Year’s Eve party for more than 100 people along the same road police had banned a supercar meet-up.
Officers in Kensington, West London, spotted a crowd of people outside a house on Exhibition Road last Thursday, hours after establishing that supercar owners and enthusiasts planned to descend on the road.
The street was filled with flash motors in September, with drivers spotted performing stunts in the middle of the affluent borough.
Police issued a dispersal order for Exhibition Road, Kensington on New Year’s Eve to prevent a gathering similar to one scene in the street back in September (pictured)
Patrolling officers discovered around 100 people at a New Year’s Eve party on the street, despite London being in Tier 4 lockdown at the time. Pictured: Officers at the scene of a supercar gathering in Exhibition Road last September
After catching wind of last week’s plans, police issued a dispersal order to prevent similar scenes.
It’s not yet clear if the planned meet-up was linked to a party police broke up at around 11.30pm.
Patrol officers spotted a crowd of people trying to get into a property to join a New Year’s Eve party, with just half an hour to go before midnight.
It’s not yet clear if the New Year’s Eve party was linked to a planned meet-up of supercar meet in the affluent street. During the last illegal gathering, a BMW was seen performing a ‘doughnut’ as crowds gathered around
Despite attempts to speak to the owner of the property, police say occupants ‘refused to engage with officers’.
Returning to the site on Monday, Metropolitan Police told the organiser her actions breached the Health Protection Relations 2020, and she was give notice of her referral.
Acting Inspector Ganesh Rasaratnam, from the Met’s Central West Basic Command Unit, said: ‘We are in the middle of a pandemic, and restrictions have been put in place to keep our families, friends and communities safe.
‘The organiser, and those who attended, deliberately breached the restrictions and decided that the rules did not apply to them.
‘We will continue to take tough action against those who think they are above the law and put others in danger with this sort of reckless behaviour.
‘Thankfully, many people across London have put much of their own lives on hold as they do their bit to follow the guidance and reduce Covid infections.
‘The large majority have behaved admirably and should be proud of themselves for helping play their part as we all fight this health crisis.’
September’s gathering of cars took place just hours before the Rule of Six came into effect in England and Scotland.
A high-priced BMW was filmed performing doughnuts as it was surrounded by a crowd.
Last September’s car meet came hours before the Rule of Six came into effect. After more gatherings on New Year’s Eve, Met Police said it will ‘continue to take action against those who think they are above the law’
Suffering neighbours on nearby Pall Mall said the noise of September’s meet was ‘terrifying’
Speaking at the time, one Pall Mall resident, who asked not to be named, described the noise as ‘extraordinary’ and blasted the police for not arriving before the group of 12 to 15 BMWs and supercars left at 12.30am.
He told MailOnline: ‘It was a miracle no one was killed. It was terrifying. If someone had been in the road they would have been killed. It was very intimidating.
‘There were no signs it came to an end because of the police. I live on Pall Mall and it was right outside my house. The noise was just extraordinary.
MailOnline has approached Met Police for further comment.