‘Car cruisers’ driven out of Nottinghamshire by hard hitting council and police operations are being warned that there will be no let up in keeping them off the county’s roads and car parks.
Earlier this year, up to 500 people were regularly congregating in the area near to the Victoria Retail Park in Netherfield to race, parade and perform stunts in their vehicles.
Their anti-social antics led to an increase in noise, litter and vandalism and put those involved, spectators and other motorists at risk of serious accident or injury.
Months of misery for local residents and businesses was halted following action by South Nottinghamshire Safety Partnership who introduced a hard hitting injunction in April 2011, which carries powers ranging from fines to the confiscation and crushing of vehicles. There has now not been a single complaint from the public in the area about car cruising in around three months.
And in 2010, large groups of car cruisers who had been endangering and inconveniencing other motorists by gathering and racing on roads at Annesley around junction 27 of the M1 were targeted for sustained action by Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Police. Action included CCTV, increased patrols, a court injunction and prosecutions.
Although the latest crackdown means there are now no active car cruising sites in the county, Councillor Mick Murphy, Chairman of Community Safety Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council said that everyone was determined to stay on top of the problem.
Councillor Murphy said, “Car cruising is anti-social and dangerous - it will not be tolerated in Nottinghamshire. We will not hesitate to take the strongest possible action, which could include those involved being prosecuted, fined or having their vehicles crushed.
“Although our action has driven the problem out of Nottinghamshire for now, the County Council and its partners will remain vigilent to the danger of similar activity springing up elsewhere and be ready to deal with it swiftly and robustly.
“The action we have taken has provided a template for how the problem can be dealt with in other parts of Nottinghamshire and the rest of the country.”
Two weeks ago 26 council and police officers were presented with a Divisional Commander’s Commendation by Nottinghamshire Police for the work they did in dealing with the car cruising problem in Netherfield.
Members of the public are urged to report car cruiser gatherings to the anti-social behaviour team at their local District or Borough Council or to Nottinghamshire Police on 101.