New boy racer crackdown
YOUNG motorists have started racing round the centre of an historic market town after being displaced by police operations in other towns.The success of initiatives in Ipswich and Felixstowe has led to teenage ''boy racers'' trying to find new circuits for them to show off their cars at high speeds.
By Richard Smith
YOUNG motorists have started racing round the centre of an historic market town after being displaced by police operations in other towns.
The success of initiatives in Ipswich and Felixstowe has led to teenage ''boy racers'' trying to find new circuits for them to show off their cars at high speeds.
Now they have arrived in Woodbridge to race from the Market Hill, down New Street and into the Thoroughfare whether they either turn up Church Street or drive along Quay Street, Station Road and into the Turban Centre.
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Their antics during the summer evenings have led to complaints by residents to Woodbridge police. Officers have admitted that they experienced the problems first hand when they attended a meeting at the Shire Hall and couldn't hear because of the noise of the cars and motorcycles.
Officers are warning they will hand out fixed penalty tickets worth £30 to offenders who have music blaring too loud from their cars.
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They will also take action when motorists have illegal italic number plates, use fog lights unnecessarily or commit other motoring offences.
Mick Sears, town centre community police officer, said: ''We are urging residents to get a registration number of the vehicle and give that to me to take the necessary action.
''I am speaking to the local drivers in the town and they have been warned about their conduct and on the whole they are law-abiding and they understand.
''But it appears to me that drivers using Cardinal Park in Ipswich and Felixstowe seafront are now branching out a little further to see if they can find a circuit elsewhere after receiving police attention.
''We have to nip this in the bud before it gets too bad and say to people that if they come and visit Woodbridge and drive round with excessive noise or speed then I will be dishing out fixed penalties and they will find that their visit has been an expensive one.''