‘Not welcome’: Authorities slam on the brakes at a planned ‘illegal’ car rally in Goderich, Ontario.

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Officials say they could implement road closures ahead of a possible ‘unauthorized and illegal’ rally of cars in Goderich, Ont., this weekend as they seek to avoid a repeat of the chaotic scenes seen at an event in Wasaga Beach, Ont., last month.

The Ontario Provincial Police and the Town of Goderich released a joint statement on Wednesday, telling people considering coming to the area “to participate in dangerous driving and/or criminal activity” that “you are not welcome here”.

The statement notes that an unauthorized rally of cars in Wasaga Beach last month resulted in “numerous” unlawful acts, including mischief, breaking and entering, dangerous driving, impaired driving and disturbances at the public order.

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Several criminal and traffic charges were laid.

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Officials said they may temporarily close roads to prevent “illegal activity and disruption” this weekend and noted there would be an increased police presence.

“Should an unauthorized car rally attempt to come to Goderich this weekend, I want to reassure our local citizens that we are fully prepared and have the necessary law enforcement resources in place to protect our community,” said Jason Younan, commander of the Huron OPP detachment.

After the events in Wasaga Beach last month, the town’s mayor said a lack of police resources meant “law and order” could not be maintained.

“The city has no authority over the OPP, but we are calling on OPP officials to review what happened and take steps to ensure there is never a repeat of this. what we witnessed,” Wasaga Beach Mayor Nina Bifolchi told the Times in part.

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Goderich Acting Mayor Myles Murdock said OPP officers are ready for this weekend’s possible event.

“The Ontario Provincial Police have all the resources necessary to deal with this unauthorized gathering of cars,” Murdock said.

“I ask residents who witness illegal activities to refrain from intervening to stop them. Instead, please report this activity to the police immediately and allow them to do their job. This is for your safety.

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