Boy racers have ‘lookouts’ to avoid police claim campervan owners

PUBLISHED: 12:12 29 July 2015


‘Boy racers’ driving on the seafront are so organised that they even have lookouts to avoid the police, it has been claimed.

Last week, the Journal revealed that the land train had been forced to add CCTV onto the front of its engine - in an effort to catch on camera errant drivers.

Land train owners said drivers, often young men, had been overtaking the vehicle while it was stopped at pedestrian crossings, causing a danger to people walking.

Mayor Maddie Chapman told the Journal that a couple in a campervan, from Newton Abbot, had spotted young men with mobile phones on either side of the road, acting as lookouts, while their friends ‘raced each other’ along Queens Drive, often on the wrong side of the road.

Councillor Chapman said: “The couple had paid to stay 24 hours on Queen’s Drive, but did not stay as they could not stand it anymore because of the noise.

“They told me that, at around 9.45 in the morning, they saw a couple of lads opposite the lifeboat station on the lookout for police patrol cars.

“The couple called the police.”

Inspector Antonia Weeks said: “We are keen to build up a list of naughty drivers, and it is something we are actively looking into.

“The problem is that driving many would regard as dangerous and an offence isn’t necessarily something we can always prosecute; it can be quite subjective.

“There have been occasions people have complained about the noise.

“There isn’t a great deal we can do about that, I’m afraid.”

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