Grandmother calls for action to stop 'maniac' seafront drivers

PUBLISHED: 12:30 03 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:51 03 March 2017

P8485-10-10AW Holiday Guide 2010 pics, Exmouth promenade. Pic by Alex Walton

P8485-10-10AW Holiday Guide 2010 pics, Exmouth promenade. Pic by Alex Walton


Night-time seafront boy racers have scared off a family from returning to Exmouth.

Mum-of-three Lena D’Amato, of St Cleer, Cornwall, believes someone will be killed or seriously injured if action is not taken against motorists using the seafront as a race track.

The motorhome enthusiast claims ‘maniac’ motorcyclists speeding up and down on the road inches away from her sleeping family put lives in danger.

She is calling on the police to take ‘prompt, appropriate action’ to tackle the problem.

Ms D’Amato believes the minority of locals are making the area unsafe for the majority.

The 48-year-old grandmother of one said: “It is only a matter of time before there is a fatality on this stretch of road. During both evenings, neither myself or my partner witnessed one police car.

“Surely we are not the only couple to raise this as a concern.

“Fortunately, we are not local. If our children were out in the area they would be banned from the promenade after 9pm.”

Ms D’Amato’s motorhome was parked on a stretch of the seafront over the weekend; her family slept inside by the roadside.

She claimed ‘idiot’ motorists ‘scared’ her four-year-old as they sped past.

She said: “It was a great disappointment to us on both evenings at around 9pm when a variety of maniacs on both motorbikes and in cars raced up and down the long stretch of straight road at speeds which would no doubt have killed or seriously injured anything that came into contact with them.

“These idiots proceeded up and down the promenade until the later hours of 11pm to midnight.

“Our motorhome rocked and shook at each passing, given their high speeds.

“To further add to our distress, on the Sunday morning, we awoke to an artistic display of chip bags, newspapers, cans and rubbish littered across the road.

“I can only assume that maybe the speed enhances the need for littering as they were going too fast to be able to stop for any of the bins.”

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman urged anyone witnessing antisocial behaviour to immediately contact officers.

He said: “We are aware of a letter from a member of the public that visited Exmouth in February, who is unhappy with antisocial driving on the seafront.

“Our local neighbourhood team works hard and closely with our community to respond to and tackle issues such as this, and therefore it is vital that information relating to these incidents is reported to us immediately.

“Unfortunately, it appears that no reports were made to the police on the weekend in question.”

The spokesman added: “Exmouth neighbourhood policing team carries out regular operations to target young car enthusiasts who traditionally gather at the seafront during the summer months.

“Exmouth seafront is an attraction to car enthusiasts every year, and we will continue working with other agencies to make the seafront safer for everyone, all year round, and further operations will be carried out.

“We ask that any issues or concerns should be reported to the police.”

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