POLICE are urging residents across Malvern district to help officers clamp down on ‘boy racers’.
The issue has plagued the Malvern area for a number of years, endangering both the drivers and innocent members of the public.
Recently, drop-in surgeries have been hosted by Malvern Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) officers, following concerns from the community, foot and bike patrols have been increased.
There have been reports recently about loud, fast vehicles congregating and racing around areas of Malvern.
One of the incidents reported to police was in Madresfield.
The police SNT said: “We are eager to tackle the problem and deal with any offenders appropriately, to reduce the problem and make the Malvern area undesirable for there ‘boy racers’ to carry out their activity.”
Officers said they were also aware a large amount of the drivers were not from the Malvern area.
So what can police do?
A number of methods are available to police, including issuing the anti-social motorists with a Section 59 notice.
Once issued, the car’s details are recorded and if those caught are witnessed driving in an anti-social manner again in any vehicle within a 12 month period of being issued the notice, the vehicle can be seized and destroyed.
Also, if the vehicle that they were driving when being served the notice is being driven in an anti-social manor by anyone within a 12-month period, then that vehicle can be seized by the police.
To assist officers in identifying where to prioritise their patrols and the times to focus on, police want people to report any incidents of ‘boy racers’ and anti-social driving.
Residents can contact police on 101 and report the vehicles, giving descriptions of make, model, colour and registration number and any distinguishing features. They should also report where the incident happened and at what time.