AN urgent meeting was called today (Monday 1 August), by Stephen Metcalfe MP, Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill and Thurrock Council’s Chief Executive, Lyn Carpenter, with Essex Police in the wake of the illegal racing in Corringham at the weekend.
The Manorway in Corringham was completely taken over for two days to allow illegal trap racing despite Essex Police issuing a dispersal notice last Friday.
Speaking after the meeting, Stephen Metcalfe MP said: “We are pleased Essex Police have apologised following the weekend’s events.
“We have sent a strong message that we are not prepared for it to happen again in Thurrock.
“It was interesting to hear from Deputy Chief Constable, Matt Horne, that this wasn’t an issue about police resources – it was a strategic decision to handle the situation as they did. We have made it very clear that we want an alteration to that in the future.”
Leader of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, also spoke after the meeting. He said: “I’m grateful to Essex Police for their apology on the way the illegal event was handled and I accept it on behalf of the council.
“It was acknowledged that communication from the Police to other agencies could and must be improved in the future. I would agree and I’m pleased to see that they will take that away to address.
“We will work with the Police to ensure we prevent illegal events such as the trap racing from taking place in our borough in the future. We will send a strong message to those not wishing to comply with the law that it will not be tolerated.
“We must be very clear – we will not accept these events in the borough and will work with police on this premise.
“We have also agreed to take a robust Essex-wide approach to dealing with illegal activity, not only in Thurrock – but more broadly – so we’re playing our part strategically.”