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Car cruisers face prison if they gather in Cannock

The map shows the areas 'car cruisers' are banned from Credit: Staffordshire Police

'Street racers' in Cannock could face up to two years in prison or a fine as new powers are given to police.

The court injunction issued today at Birmingham High Court, comes into force immediately.

It prohibits street racing along The Orbital, Eastern Way, Watling Street, Lichfield Road, Walsall Road and A4601 Avon Road.

Over the last year complaints of up to 150 cars gathering each Sunday evening between 6.00am and 2.00am have been made to police and Cannock Chase Council with weekday meetings also becoming more common.

The injunction to stop the speedracers which drive at up to 100mph, was applied for because of the speeding, excessive noise, dangerous driving and un-roadworthy cars.

The court order defines car cruising as a 'congregation of drivers, of two or more vehicles, between the hours of 7.00pm and 7.00am on a public highway.

The 'car cruisers' are also banned from two retail parks; Linkway and Orbital.

The order comes after the death of a 22-year-old man from Rugeley, who was involved in an accident with three cars, police believe they were racing one another.

Chief Inspector Carl Ratcliffe said “Street racers have been a persistent and serious problem in Cannock for too long. Car cruisers not only put their own lives in danger, they pose a threat to other motorists and a major disturbance to local residents and businesses."