Police crack down on boy racers

A CRACKDOWN on boy racers in and around Alnwick town centre has been carried out by police.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Peart has warned that police will continue to tackle the issue until the message is received loud and clear.

She said there had been more than 70 targeted patrols in response to ‘genuine community concerns’.

She said all the offenders were aged between 17 and 24 and offences ranged from speeding and playing loud music to revving engines and wheel spinning.

Two drivers had their vehicles seized while a further four were issued with seizure warnings.

Six were summoned to court for road traffic offences and a further six were given vehicle defect ratification notices.

Three drivers were issued with endorsable fixed penalty tickets while one person was given a non-endorsable fixed penalty.

There was one fixed penalty issued for disorder and one arrest for excess alcohol.

Insp Peart said: “This was done in response to genuine community concerns. For me, this is an issue that has been going on for a long time.

“We tried to educate people driving the vehicles, we tried to communicate with them and we tried to explain to them why they are causing problems for people living around the area and we have gone to a lot of lengths before we had to take police enforcement action.”