Two men were arrested and charged yesterday (Monday 31 October 2022) after taking part in one of the biggest car cruise events Greater Manchester Police has ever dealt with including over 300 vehicles.
Callum Willey (01/10/2004) of Landseer Mount in Leeds and Connor Aldred (14/11/2001) of Barton Road, Bolton, were charged with dangerous driving and released on bail, to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on Tuesday 29 November 2022.
They were both arrested after engaging in a ‘drag race’ and driving in an anti-social manner in Salford. Another person was arrested on suspicion of disorderly behaviour and has been released under investigation.
The car cruise, held on Sunday 30 October 2022, was spread out across four districts – Cheadle, Trafford, Wigan, and Salford. By employing the specialist resources GMP had at hand under Operation Marshall, including traffic drones, police evidence gatherers, and a large police presence, they were quick to stop the event in its tracks.
Operation Marshall is a Greater Manchester Police initiative that aims to reduce the impact, risk, and criminality associated with car cruise events. The aim is to work effectively with partners, event organisers, other stakeholders, and the public, to reduce, as far as possible, disruption to local communities.
Superintendent John-Paul Ruffle of Specialist Operations at GMP said: “Operation Marshall was instigated to effectively manage this car cruise event and was dealt with swiftly and proactively by departments across Specialist Operations, the force gold reserve, and district officers.
“We were aware that the event was taking place in Stockport, a town that benefits from a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), and there were 100+ cars at this particular site. Once there, we became aware that there were 200 other vehicles gathering at Trafford Retail Park.
“This quickly escalated into a further 30 cars on Westwood Way in Wigan and another 40 being reported at AJ Bell stadium in Salford. Through our effective resourcing and first-class planning, we were able to attend all of these events and quickly shut them down.
“This was a great achievement for GMP and our partners, sending a clear message to anyone who thinks it’s a good idea to organise and/or attend these kinds of events, that Greater Manchester police will stop you – and deal with you.
“This intervention met all Operation Marshall objectives, and I would like to thank everyone involved on the night, including our colleagues at the Cheshire Constabulary, who provided us with invaluable support.”