Council concern about Exmouth boy racers

PUBLISHED: 06:30 01 August 2016


Boy racers are using roads around Exmouth as a racetrack, reducing concerned residents to tears, it has been said.

Councillors also heard that police ‘can do nothing about’ antisocial drivers and motorcyclists speeding and revving engines during the night – a claim subsequently denied by the force.

Members of Exmouth Town Council made the comments at their meeting, after Councillor Mark Williamson said the issue had been raised during recent election campaigning.

He said efforts to combat problems on Queen’s Drive had seen the issue move to other areas, such as Carlton Hill and Douglas Avenue.

He said: “I had a couple in tears on the doorstep - they couldn’t sleep because of the revving engines.”

Councillors also had concerns about Salterton Road and Exeter Road. Councillor Pauline Stott said: “They are using the main Exmouth to Exeter road as a racetrack.”

Councillor Bill Nash said he had raised the issue at a community safety partnership local action group meeting – but that police lacked the resources to carry out patrols. He said: “The police attitude is they can do nothing. They don’t have the manpower to have cars patrolling after midnight or in the early hours.”

After the meeting, Exmouth Neighbourhood Team Leader Sergeant Richard Stonecliff said: “I strongly disagree with reports claiming police have said we are unable to do anything about boy racers in Exmouth.

“Only this morning, a disqualified driver was dealt with because of proactive work by my officers targeting drivers who commit offences. My neighbourhood team is also running an antisocial driving operation throughout summer.

“It is worth recognising these parts of Exmouth are among the most policed in the town, as they are main access routes and the seafront.

“We will always prioritise issues that carry the most risk, threat and harm before other matters.”

● Dangerous driving can be reported via 101 or through, or anonymously via Crimestoppers.

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