Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Car Cruise Revellers Targeted by Police in Foster Avenue, Houghton Regis

Three Section 59 Notices Issued At Car Cruise


Bedfordshire Police have issued three Section 59 notices during another operation aimed at cracking down on nuisance drivers who attend ‘Car Cruises’.

Residents living near Foster Avenue, Houghton Regis, had 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.

Last Sunday (November 24) officer attended Foster Avenue as a ‘Cruise’ was taking place and seized two Vauxhall Astra VXRs as the drivers or vehicles had already been issued with Section 59 notices.

On Sunday night (December 1) a smaller operation took place with members of the Local Policing Team and colleagues from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit attending Foster Avenue once again.

Despite far fewer revellers being at the location, three Section 59 notices were issued along with a VDRS (Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme) due to an illegal number plate being on display. Officers also received intelligence regarding motoring offences and those drivers involved – who had left before officers arrived – will be located and spoken to.

Sergeant Linda Wilson of the Local Policing Team in Houghton Regis said: “It appears that people have taken notice and heeded the warnings issued previously by Bedfordshire Police. There were far fewer vehicles at Foster Avenue this weekend and the majority of drivers in attendance were very co-operative and genuinely concerned about the behaviour of others who had attended previously.

“People living near to the Woodside Industrial Estate should not have to have their lives disrupted by nuisance motorists and I hope that this continuing action shows that we are taking these incidents seriously.

“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.