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‘Selfish’ boy racers cause traffic delays in Tower Hamlets at London Tunnel Run 2017

PUBLISHED: 10:54 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:54 19 April 2017

People gather for the London Tunnel Run 2017. Picture: Luke Philpott

People gather for the London Tunnel Run 2017. Picture: Luke Philpott

Luke Philpott

Thousands of boy racers caused “horrendous” traffic delays and excess noise at a controversial mass car rally on Sunday.

Onlookers take pictures of the cars on parade. Picture: Luke Philpott Onlookers take pictures of the cars on parade. Picture: Luke Philpott

Drivers had to endure “nightmare” gridlocked roads around parts of Tower Hamlets because of the annual London Tunnel Run.

The high-performance vehicle cruise, which started with a “huge static meet-up” at 8pm, forced the Rotherhithe and Blackwall Tunnels to close because of the huge amount of traffic.

Clare Ginge tweeted: “Been stuck in Rotherhithe Tunnel for about 45 mins – it’s all because of a big car meet up apparently. Selfish.”

Tower Hamlets police had warned drivers that their vehicles could be seized ahead of the event taking place.

Drone shots taken during the London Tunnel Run 2017 at Surrey Quays shopping centre car park. Picture: Sonny Annelsey Drone shots taken during the London Tunnel Run 2017 at Surrey Quays shopping centre car park. Picture: Sonny Annelsey

Attendee Sonny Annesley, 26, who filmed a large gathering of people in a car park from a drone estimates about 3,000 individuals turned up, along with undercover police.

He said: “I can understand the noise complaints as it was loud. We were restricted to one area.

The “average joe who likes to make videos” added: “There were some idiots there - but the majority were not.

“They just wanted to show their cars off.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said no arrests had been made and the event had “passed without incident”.

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