Boy-racing proves police bugbear

WHITBY’s police inspector wants to crackdown on ‘boyracers’ after a series of complaints about driving around the town centre.

Over the coming weeks, the police will be targeting resources in the Co-op and Langborne Road area of town which is a popular meeting point for young drivers.

As well as checking for the usual tax, insurance and MOT documents they will be looking at other issues such as tinted windows and modified exhausts.

Insp Andy Colbourne said: “We have got the initiative coming in because it is a bugbear of mine. A lot of them have full tax, MOT and insurance but we can look at tints, exhausts and still confiscate the vehicles, but we need the specialist officers there.”

Coun Heather Coughlan has asked the police not to take heavy-handed approach to the young drivers and to work with them rather than against them.

She said: “They are young taxpayers and they are at the stage where they can spend money on their cars because they are not paying rent or mortgages.”

But Insp Colbourne said there had been an increasing number of complaints about how loud the vehicles are and the speed and manner in which some of them were being driven.

He added: “They refer to themselves as the Whitby boy-racers. I am not tarring them all with the same brush but we are getting a lot of complaints about the way they are driving, one went around a corner and mounted the pavement.

“I don’t object to the cars and some of them are pretty smart, what I do object to is the way they drive.

“When they are going down Langborne Road and I can hear it in the police station you have got to wonder.

“I know it is not drinking but it is a different type of anti-social behaviour but I would prefer to educate them.”

Insp Colbourne said over the past three months, the figures for anti-social behaviour in Whitby had dropped but cars were still going to be a focus over the next three months.

He attributed the statistics to work being done with other agencies in partnership with the police such as the Youth Shack, InterActive and the presence of Police Community Support Officers on the streets.