New High Court order forbids 'car cruising' in Birmingham

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From today an injunction is in place to stop anyone gathering to race or perform stunts in cars, motorbikes or quad bikes on the streets of Birmingham.

The new powers mean it's not only drivers who face prosecution- but also those organising and attending car cruising meets, which sometimes involve hundreds of spectators. Councillors today condemned the dangerous practice, and promised to come down tough on those breaking the law.

The High Court Order forbids any person from taking part in “street cruising” in Birmingham or from promoting or organising street cruising.

Offenders risk being arrested. If caught, participants can expect driving bans and fines of up to £5,000 and can have their vehicle seized and crushed. Adults breaching the High Court Injunction can face up to 2 years imprisonment and youths can be fined and have their assets seized for contempt of court.

Chief Superintendent Dave Sturman said:

This summer has seen a huge amount of work achieved in tackling illegal street racing and anti-social off-road biking. This is not always visible to the public, but everyone should be reassured we are taking action.

Chief Superintendent, Dave Sturman

It comes as a group that call themselves ‘Reckless Ryders’ say they are hoping to repeat an illegal event in July.

Flyers have been posted on the internet featuring riders wearing ‘killer clown’ masks.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said they are aware of the event and will monitor any illegal activity and take action where necessary.