FRESH warnings have been issued to ‘cruisers’ in souped-up cars who once congregated in their hundreds near junction 27 of the M1 at Annesley.
In 2010, large groups of of motorists who gathered to show off their vehicles, particularly on Sunday nights, were lambasted by the public.
They caused a noise nuisance and endangered the safety of other drivers by gathering and racing on roads in the area.
They were targeted for sustained action by Notts County Council and the police. Action included the use of anti-crime CCTV cameras, increased patrols, a court injunction and prosecutions.
Now the council and police are warning those involved in car cruising that there will be no let up in keeping them off the county’s roads and car parks as dark nights begin to draw in.
A recent crackdown on up to 500 people who were regularly congregating in the area near to the Victoria Retail Park in Netherfield means there are now active car-cruising sites in the county.
But Coun Mick Murphy (Con), of Hucknall, who is chairman of the county council’s community safety committee, says the authority and the police are determined to stay on top of the problem.
“Car cruising is anti-social and dangerous — it will not be tolerated in Nottinghamshire,” he added. “We will not hesitate to take the strongest possible action, which would include those involved being prosecuted, fined or having their vehicles crushed.
“Although our action has driven the problem out of Nottinghamshire for now, the county council and its partners will remain vigilant to the danger of similar activity sprining up elsewhere and be ready to deal with it swiftly and robustly.
“The action we have taken has provided a template for how the problem can be dealt with in other parts of Nottinghamshire and the rest of the country.”
Local residents are being urged to report car-cruiser gatherings to the anti-social behaviour team at their local district or borough council, or to Nottinghamshire police on 101 or via the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.