Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Police Seize Cars Involved in Anti-Social Behaviour Sting

Vehicles Seized During Car Cruising Crackdown

Bedfordshire Police have seized two Vauxhall Astra VXRs during an operation to crackdown a recent increase in ‘Car Cruises’ that have been taking place in Houghton Regis.

Residents living near Foster Avenue, Houghton Regis, have contacted Bedfordshire Police about a significant increase in the number of vehicles that were attending the industrial area and the drivers who were participating in antisocial behaviour. It was believed that over 100 vehicles would regularly attend the location with some driving in a reckless manner by racing, wheel-spinning, and performing “donuts” along the road.

Houghton Regis Councillors are among those who have been asking for police action, as the noise level was particularly acute in the Manor Park Estate.

On Sunday evening (November 24) members of the Local Policing Team as well as colleagues from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit and the Special Constabulary attended Foster Avenue as a ‘Cruise’ was taking place. Officers entered from either end of Foster Avenue to ensure that those in attendance were all stopped and spoken to.

As a result of the action two Vauxhall Astra VXRs were seized by officers as the drivers or vehicles had already been issued with Section 59 notices. Three more Section 59 notices were issued while four people were dealt with in regards to traffic violations and one person was reported for driving offences.

Inspector Jim Hitch, of the Central Policing Team at Bedfordshire Police, said: “It is fair to say that there were some very unhappy people who were walking home after the operation in Houghton Regis on Sunday night. Nuisance vehicles have been a blight on the lives of residents’ living near to the Woodside Industrial Estate for a number of months and I hope that our action shows that we are taking these incidents seriously.

“This is by no means a one-off operation and we will be keeping a close eye on people attending car cruises. Those committing offences can expect to come into contact with Bedfordshire Police on a more regular basis and we will use all available legislation to crackdown on this form of antisocial behaviour.

“Officers have the power to seize vehicles and have them destroyed when necessary and anyone caught driving illegally could also be dealt with for motoring offences such as driving without a licence and having no MoT or insurance.”

Anyone with information concerning nuisance vehicles can contact Bedfordshire Police on the 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.