Large crowds show up for car meet in Pickering

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Pickering car meet-up party angers mayor
WATCH ABOVE: The mayor of Pickering stopped short of criticizing police but had tough words for those who gathered at a shopping mall parking lot on Sunday. The car meet-up saw some vehicles turning at high speeds within a few metres of onlookers. Seán O’Shea reports – May 24, 2021

Large crowds were seen gathered for a reported car meet in Pickering on Sunday despite ongoing COVID-19 regulations.

Videos from the scene showed numerous cars and crowds gathered in a parking lot. Images showed at least one vehicle doing doughnuts.

Durham Regional Police told Global News Sunday evening that they were aware of a car meet happening with around 200 vehicles and were on scene for its duration.

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Officers said at the time that it had been peaceful up until that point and no arrests or charges had been laid.

Police said they would be following up on violations of COVID-19 regulations.

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Images from the scene didn’t initially show a visible police presence, but numerous officers were later observed in the area as paramedics tended to someone on the ground.

In a tweet issued on Monday, Durham police said a male was injured at the event as a result of a “physical confrontation,” but officers didn’t provide further information.

Meanwhile, Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan commented on the car meet on Twitter Sunday.

“We know that lockdown has been difficult for all of us. However, let’s not be careless especially now that we can see light at the end of this long tunnel,” he said.

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“We’re close to returning to some level of normalcy. Don’t do a disservice to the rest of our community.”

Ryan said police had been issuing citations.

Global News asked police for an update Monday on any charges laid at the event, but did not receive a response.

Provincial COVID-19 restrictions currently limit outdoor gatherings to a maximum of five people.

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