Police to tackle "boy racers" in Pool
POLICE are to tackle ‘boy racers’ and antisocial behaviour in Pool car parks.
Neighbourhood beat manager PC Sue Buckley has been working with local shop owners to tackle the problem of antisocial behaviour in their car parks.
Gangs of up to 30 young motorists have been meeting at Pool Retail Park to perform wheelspins and doughnuts, manoeuvres which can be dangerous as the vehicle can lose control at high speed.
PC Buckley said “Our ultimate priority is safety. They’re driving around with no lights on and someone could easily get hurt.”
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Aside from obvious concerns about safety there have been several complaints about intimidating behaviour from the youngsters and fires being lit in the car park.
PC Buckley said “It’s been a problem for several years but recently there’s been antisocial behaviour with men being verbally abusive to shop staff.”
PC Buckley and her team have been carrying out surveillance at the site and have issued over 20 official warnings in the past three months.
If motorists continue to drive carelessly within 12 months of receiving a warning their vehicle can be seized.
Homebase and Tesco have been supporting the police in their efforts. Tesco provide 24 hour security and CCTV and Homebase are considering new security measures for their car park.
PC Buckley said “We will continue to carry out high visibility patrols in the area and we will deal robustly with any dangerous driving or antisocial behaviour.”