Loud and litter-dropping speeders urged to put a stop to their laps around Northumberland town centre

No need for speed – That’s the message from police in charge of a Northumberland town after concerns around antisocial behaviour and speeders spotted in the town centre.

Northumbria Police officers are warning motorists to watch their speed after a number of reports from concerned residents and business owners in Alnwick.

Incidents have included antisocial behaviour of motorists, such as parking up and playing loud music, littering and intimidating other road users.

They have also driven their cars to make the modified exhaust systems fitted to some of the cars involved backfire, causing upset for those who live nearby, as well as pets, with fears someone could be injured if drivers who speed don’t put a stop to their actions.

Northumbria Police has said some motorists have used the modified exhaust systems on their cars to make them backfire, causing upset for residents and pets in the area of Alnwick town centre.

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Inspector John Swan has urged motorists to think twice before getting behind the wheel.

Insp Swan said: “Most motorists in the area drive with caution and respect for the road however a minority are driving carelessly and without thought for other road users.

“The vehicles tend to meet at various locations around Alnwick and then conduct circuit laps around the town and through the town centre, often accelerating then breaking at certain locations to achieve the most number of backfires from their modified exhaust systems.

Extra police patrols are to be carried out in Alnwick town centre after concerns were raised by residents and businesses about speeding, litter and noise.

“The loud noises inconsiderately cause residents and pets alarm and distress and it is also incredibly dangerous to drive on roads in this reckless manner.”

The force has said its officers will be carrying out extra patrols and working within the community to educate drivers on the dangers of speeding as well as gathering intelligence to target repeat offenders and ensure communities remain safe.

Insp Swan added: “This type of careless and disrespectful driving is not something we will tolerate, especially in a busy town centre with lots of pedestrians and other vehicles.

“Continue to drive in this manner and our officers will ensure you see the full consequences of your actions.”

Anyone wanting to report anti-social behaviour or speeding can do so via our online reporting form on our website or calling 101.

Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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