Town 'Gridlocked' And Motorway Blocked As 'Hundreds' Gather For Huge Car Meet
Roads became gridlocked after hundreds gathered for a huge car meet in Greater Manchester.
Photographs and videos have been shared online showing crowds of petrol heads piling onto an industrial estate on Windmill Lane, in Denton, earlier today (19 July).
In one video, two of the cars appear to have been involved in some sort of accident, with the footage showing the smashed front bumper of a silver motor.
Other footage shows car enthusiasts driving up and down the road as people watch on from the pavements, filming the entire event.
Reports were also shared of drivers speeding up and down the hardshoulder of the M60.
Police later attended the scene.
In a statement, GMP Tameside urged people to take care and to try and avoid the area.
It read: "Officers are currently dealing with an incident at Tameside Business Centre, Windmill Lane in Denton where there is an increased activity in vehicular traffic.
"Can we please ask that you avoid this and the surrounding area.
"Sadly this is putting a massive strain on our services at this time and causing a back log of traffic, however we hope we can quickly have things resolved with your help."
MP for Denton, Andrew Gwynne, hit out at the event's organisers for their reckless behaviour.
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Writing on Twitter, he said: "Completely irresponsible and I'm informed the police are on it. In fact as I type, the police helicopter is overhead."
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Mike Gould, of M60 Cleaning Supplies Ltd, said he was due to go home at 3pm but hasn't been able to because of the traffic caused by the meet.
He said: "I got in at 7am, I saw there was a banner for a big event. It seems to have been a well organised event.
"This is a secure site, you're not allowed to have events like this. You can hear the cars revving. Wheels are spinning. They are doing wheelies on motorbikes. I'm glad I'm inside.
"There are young kids without their parents. I can't go until they go, I could be here until 10pm. It might get worse, you don't know do you?
Just been informed Mass crowd gatherings Cars Motor bikes fireworks on Windmill Lane Near Industrial Estate. Traffic jammed on oldham Street Ruby street City Ave #seriously @GMPDenton @GwynneMP @CllrGeorgeJones @tmbc_leader @gmptraffic
- @NWAtameside (@nwatameside) July 19, 2020
Good evening to one & all from D block...
Gaz & Bry back with you for our last night shift before rest days!
There is still heavy congestion around the Denton area of GMP...
We'll keep you posted of any incidents
Have a good evening whatever you are up to! pic.twitter.com/cnO3PiN9BG
- North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) July 19, 2020
"I don't want my car being rammed by people wheel spinning."
A fellow resident told the same publication that many of those in attendance had travelled from up and down the country to be there today.
They said: "They have come from all over the UK as far as London.The whole of Denton is gridlocked. It sounds like bonfire night with the cars popping."
It's understood that congestion has now eased in the area.
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