Gardai broke up what has been described as an ‘illegal car meet’ in Navan last weekend.

According to the Meath Crime Prevention Facebook page, the impromptu gathering took place at Navan retail park.

They posted the following message, ‘ An illegally organised car meet took place in the Navan retail park starting from 8pm.

‘There were over 1000 cars in attendance at the event, The Meath Roads Policing Unit assisted by Navan Gardaí were made aware of the event and set up numerous checkpoints and speed checks in the area.

‘There were 2 drivers arrested on suspicion of drink driving, 3 vehicles detained under Section 41 of the road traffic act, 1 of which was a defective vehicle going to the event with illegal modifications, 1 for no insurance and another taken under the Clancy amendment act as the driver was an unaccompanied learner permit holder.

‘Gardaí also issued numerous fixed charge notices for speeding and other road traffic offences. Events such as these once properly organised with permissions and appropriate security in place can occur but not in public car parks with no organisation taken into account. A number of court appearances to follow’.