Prison sentence reminder for M1 ‘boy racers’

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Car-cruisers using roads near to the M1 (Junction 27) are being reminded they could face a prison sentence if they are caught racing, riding in convoy and driving at excessive speeds in the area.

Nottinghamshire County Council put in place an injunction in January 2015to reduce car cruising activity at the location but police say the problem has increased in recent weeks.

Nottinghamshire Police has increased its patrols, particularly on Sunday nights to address the issue.

The injunction allows the police to issue notices to offending drivers that warn if they take part in car cruising activity in the vicinity they will be in contempt of court and may be sent to prison with a maximum two-year sentence or an unlimited fine.

20 injunction warnings were issued to drivers in the area on Sunday 18th June alone.

Councillor Gordon Wheeler, Vice-Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said:

“Our priority is the safety of road users and local people near to junction 27 and the injunction has worked well to reduce the problem.We are working with the police to monitor the situation and are looking at other options to reduce the problem further as closing affected roads is not a way forward in the long-term.”

Councillor Gordon Wheeler.

Neighbourhood Inspector Glenn Longden said:

“The road closure event worked well. It was based on specific information we’d received about an event taking place and the main focus was to do with safety rather than prosecutions, “However, we recognise that this is not a sustainable solution to the issue at Junction 27 and we are all currently working together to develop a long term solution.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Glenn Longden.

The injunction order was secured by Nottinghamshire Police and other community safety partners.

There are also injunction order bans in place at Chilwell Retail Park and Victoria Retail Park in Netherfield.

All three injunctions will be reviewed in January 2018.