New way to report antisocial motorists

PUBLISHED: 09:26 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:26 02 July 2015

car driving fast into forest.

car driving fast into forest.


Fast-driving troublemakers in Exmouth can now be reported to the police more easily, as the authorities aim to crack down on the town’s ‘boy racers’.

Devon and Cornwall Police and East Devon District Council (EDDC) have announced a new joint initiative to tackle the problem, which often centres on council car parks, with drivers meeting, revving engines and playing loud music, disturbing residents.

Gerry Moore, of the East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership, which includes both parties, said: “The partnership is very concerned about the behaviour of groups of people in East Devon in connection with the manner of their driving in car parks, many of which are owned by EDDC, but also on the public roads.

“This behaviour attracts a number of complaints from local people, who contact both the district council and the police.

“Complaints include inconsiderate and often very fast driving around the car parks and on the roads, playing of loud music, revving of car engines and the depositing of litter from vehicles.

“Such behaviour will not be tolerated as it shows a total lack of respect for others and it is clearly affecting the quality of life of local residents.

“Our aim is to prevent this type of behaviour and to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to the area.”

People who witness such behaviour can now report it by calling police on the non-emergency number 101, and quoting the specific crime reference number EN/011469/15.

This relates to a dedicated log, where details can be recorded so further action can take place.

Police say it would be helpful if they could be supplied with vehicle details such as make, colour, and registration numbers, but realise this will not always be possible.

Action which could be taken could include fixed penalty notices being issued, vehicles being impounded by police, and the offender’s insurance company being notified.

The police and EDDC will also be carrying out joint patrols of car parks.

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