Plea for public's help to end 12-year battle with Exmouth's boy racers

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 July 2018

car driving fast into forest.

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'Boy racers' are blocking access to seafront roads and motorcyclists are using the town as a circuit - and now residents are being urged to help end Exmouth's 12-year battle with anti-social motorists.

Town councillors have called on concerned members of the public to record the registration plates of offending vehicles and pass information on to police in an attempt to clampdown on ‘boy racers’.

At a meeting of the town council, it was revealed that some ‘young car enthusiasts’ have been parking their vehicles in the middle of public roads.

Motorcyclists have also been using Dinan Way and the seafront as a ‘circuit’ late at night and in the early mornings, according to councillors.

Police say they are carrying out regular checks and have urged anyone who sees this type of behaviour to call them.

Speaking at the town council meeting, councillor Mark Williamson said: “We seem to have been talking about boy racers for the last 12 years.

“They were actually parking in the road so residents had great difficulty in actually driving by.

“I think the best advice to give members of the public is to take registration numbers if they are actually parked in the middle of the road impeding free access of other vehicles.”

Councillor Khristine Norton also said she had complaints from residents about motorcyclists making noise late at night and early in the morning and using Dinan Way and the seafront as part of a ‘circuit’.

Mayor Jeff Trail has asked Cllr Steve Gazzard, who represents the council on the police local action group (LAG), to raise the issue at the next meeting.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “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 via email on 101@dc.police.uk or by telephone on 101.”

MORE: See page 4 and Opinions on pages 24-25.

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