Thirteen men charged following mass car gathering at Aberdeen Beach
Road Policing Officers have charged 13 men following a mass car gathering at the car park of the Queens Link Leisure Park, Aberdeen, on Saturday, 29 May.
Officers have been conducting enquiries into the illegal gathering, including reviewing CCTV footage from the surrounding area, where they identified numerous vehicles carrying out dangerous manoeuvres such as 'burnouts', vehicles being driven at speed through groups of pedestrians and people holding onto vehicles.
To date, 13 men aged between 19 and 35 have been charged in connection, with some having their cars seized under antisocial driving legislation. Eight of the drivers have been dealt with in relation to careless driving and five will be reported in relation to alleged dangerous driving. If convicted, these drivers face a ban. Drivers may be required to resit their test at the end of the ban and will be faced with an increase in insurance premiums.
Officers continue to review footage for other potential offences.
Sergeant Steve Manson, of the North East Road Policing Unit, said: "This was not just a case of some friends meeting up. This was a large-scale, unauthorised car event with significant anti-social behaviour and dangerous driving in a busy car park where families were visiting the entertainment complexes and nearby restaurants. The potential consequences of serious injury or worse to an innocent bystander was extremely high.
"We are aware that there was a smaller event the following weekend and we will continue to review CCTV for further offences.
"If you were at either of the events and carried out one of these dangerous maneuverers, you can expect a knock on the door from some of our officers. This type of driving will simply not be tolerated and we will continue to investigate drivers who put others at risk and disrupt those legitimately making use of the facilities in the Aberdeen Beach area.”