A 17-YEAR-OLD girl was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a car crashed into a lamppost during a 'car meet' in Weymouth - as calls were made for stricter organisation of such events.

The girl, from Dorchester, was a passenger in the car and was taken to Dorset County Hospital. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Dorset Police received a report at around 7.30pm on Sunday, June 6 of a single vehicle collision in the Mount Pleasant Park and Ride car park in Weymouth. A 17-year-old male was said to be helping police with their enquiries.

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There were a number of car meets in Weymouth and Portland over the weekend.

Local police officers, as well as officers from Devon and Cornwall Police and traffic officers, monitored planned events at Chesil car park along the Portland Beach Road and Mount Pleasant Park & Ride in Weymouth on Saturday and Sunday evening.

Photos and video shared on social media appear to show drivers performing doughnuts and drifting around a car park. Hundreds of car enthusiasts were said to have attended the events.

Police said numerous cars were stopped and the occupants were spoken to by officers. Traffic Offence Reports were also issued to a number of drivers and a vehicle was seized.

A spokesman for Dorset Police said: "Dorset Police received a report at 7.29pm on Sunday 6 June 2021 of a single vehicle collision involving a car and a lamppost in the Mount Pleasant Park and Ride car park in Weymouth. It is reported that the collision occurred during a car meet.

"Officers attended with the ambulance service. The passenger in the car – a 17-year-old girl from Dorchester – was taken to Dorset County Hospital with injuries that were believed to be serious, but not life-threatening.

"A section of the car park was closed to allow emergency services to deal with the incident. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision."

Councillor Peter Barrow, who represents the area for Dorset Council, has already spoken out about his concerns regarding the car meets taking place in Weymouth last weekend.

He went to the park and ride car park after the weekend and said that it was covered in tyre marks where drivers had been skidding their wheels and doing doughnuts.

On hearing about the crash at a car meet on Sunday, he said: "The fact an accident happened is not really a surprise.

"I think they should be organised events rather than ad hoc events, for a group of drivers to go on Facebook and advertise something last minute so that they can't be prevented from coming shouldn't be allowed. They all congregate in an area that is suitable for them to behave in this way, spend an hour and half messing about and then disappear. That shouldn't be allowed.

"Having said that, if these things want to be formally organised and whereby an organiser can liaise with the police and arrangements can be made in advance and people turn up and act responsibly, then that's fine. But this isn't fine.

"It is incredibly unfortunate that the young lady was hurt and I'm very sorry to hear that. I hope she makes a speedy recovery."

Some of the car meets over the weekend were organised by Beyond City Car Meets UK and the events were shared on Facebook.

Beyond City Car Meets UK have been contacted for comment.