Police in Essex have told car enthusiasts they are happy to support their hobby as long as they stay within the law.

Traffic officer Simon Wilshere said officers wanted to emphasise that having a keen interest in cars was not an offence and that the police had no problem with enthusiasts meeting up to admire each other's vehicles.

But he said that any cruisers who try to race on public roads or who drive in a dangerous manner can expect to lose their licence.