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Police seize pink $120,000 Mercedes during St Kilda, Melbourne hoon raid

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A $120,000 pink Mercedes has been seized by police as they crack down on dangerous hoon meets terrorising locals in Melbourne.

Victoria Police arrested 14 men on Wednesday and Thursday in connection to an alleged illegal hoon meet at Marine Parade in St Kilda on January 21.

More than 100 people gathered on the busy street as drag racers performed burnouts through the streets late into the night. 

Following the illegal meet, officers executed 14 search warrants over the last two days in a handful of suburbs across metropolitan Melbourne. 

A $120,000 pink Mercedes has been seized by police as they crack down on dangerous hoon meets terrorising locals in Melbourne

A $120,000 pink Mercedes has been seized by police as they crack down on dangerous hoon meets terrorising locals in Melbourne

Victoria Police arrested 14 men on Wednesday and Thursday in connection to an alleged illegal hoon meet at Marine Parade in St Kilda on January 21

More than 100 people gathered on the busy street as drag racers performed burnouts through the streets late into the night

Victoria Police arrested 14 men on Wednesday and Thursday in connection to an alleged illegal hoon meet at Marine Parade in St Kilda on January 21

They seized 12 cars, including the flashy Mercedes, which totalled more than $370,000 in value. 

Police said the 14 men arrested are aged between 18 and 45 years old.

They have been charged with a raft of offences including conduct endangering a person, possess prohibited weapons and attempted criminal damage, among others.

The arrests came as Victoria Police launched a new state-wide operation to clamp down on hoon meets. 

Assistant Commissioner Russell Barrett said: ‘Hoon activity is dangerous and not simply a bit of harmless fun. We’ve seen these kinds of behaviours result in both death and serious injury.’

‘Operation Achilles will target those who blatantly disregard the law and as a result, put the safety of the entire community at risk. 

Police said the 14 men arrested are aged between 18 and 45 years old

Police said the 14 men arrested are aged between 18 and 45 years old

THE CARS SEIZED BY POLICE

2015 Mercedes B GTS Roadster

2011 Ford Falcon G6E sedan

2016 Holden Commodore SS sedan

1996 Ford Falcon XR6 sedan

1994 Ford Falcon XR8 sedan

1989 Nissan Skyline R31 sedan 

1995 Nissan 180 SX coupe

1995 Holden Commodore S sedan

2011 Mercedes C63 sedan

1999 Nissan Stagea wagon

1992 Holden Commodore Wagon

2010 Ford XR6 sedan

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‘We know this type of behaviour is incredibly frustrating for local residents and police are committed to working closely with community groups to address their concerns.’

Mr Barrett said authorities have no tolerance for illegal hoon activity and they remain committed to prosecuting anyone involved in the ‘dangerous’ behaviour.  

‘The penalties for hooning are significant and our message to anyone out there is simple – we will find you, arrest you, put you before the courts and seize your car,’ he said. 

Shocking footage from January 21 allegedly showed cars flying down the road and performing a string of burnouts as the crowd shouted and cheered.

One woman shared to social media that the night was complete ‘madness’.

‘They drove like lunatics, once police got there they threw and smashed bottles on police cars. Police pepper sprayed them from their windows,’ she said.

‘It was crazy.’

Shocking footage from January 21 allegedly showed cars flying down the road and performing a string of burnouts as the crowd shouted and cheered

Shocking footage from January 21 allegedly showed cars flying down the road and performing a string of burnouts as the crowd shouted and cheered

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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