‘Boy racers’ at Junction 27 get reminder about injunction

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Annesley M1 junction 27 laybys
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‘Boy racers’ are being reminded of an injunction that is in place banning car cruising activity at Junction 27 of the M1 following an increase in reports from the local community.

An injunction was put in place by Nottinghamshire County Council in January 2015 and actions that would be in breach of the injunction include racing, riding in convoy and driving at excessive speed.

Nottingham Police is increasing patrols of the area on Sunday nights following an increase in complaints from the local community.

Several vehicles’ details have been noted and the owners are being served with an explanatory notice in writing, warning if they take part in car cruising activity in the areas identified they will be in contempt of court and may be sent to prison.

Contempt of court carries a maximum two-year jail sentence and/or an unlimited fine.

Councillor Alice Grice, Vice-Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “Our goals are to ensure the roads are a safe environment for all to use and we have worked hard to support the local community who have been affected by boy racers at Junction 27 over the years.

“The injunction has been very effective in reducing the problem since it was introduced nearly two years ago and we are working with the Police to nip this recent increase in the bud.”

Sgt Simon Scales, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “These injunctions continue to give us powers to warn drivers about racing, riding in convoy, driving at excessive speed, watching or filming car cruising activity and other potentially dangerous action and raise awareness of the consequences.

“If they subsequently breach the warning they can be taken to court.

“Safety is our main concern and this injunction will prevent large numbers of vehicles meeting up at junction 27 of the M1.”

The injunction order was secured with support from 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 and all three injunctions will be reviewed in January 2018.