SPECIAL dispersal orders have been taken out for Droitwich over the last two weekends as West Mercia Police continues its blitz on those driving their cars anti-socially.
The orders have been allocated by a police inspector under section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act.
They mean that those who gather and are deemed to be causing harassment, alarm and distress to residents can be moved on.
The Standard reported back in February how – on a stretch of road between the Big Bear Island (Stoney Bridge) and the Westlands – up to 50 cars congregated in the area. And, with the road unofficially blocked off, drivers – many in suped-up or modified cars – raced against each other, causing a nightmare for those living there.
Over the last couple of weekends – when the dispersal orders have been in place – there have been no incidents in Droitwich but some ‘car cruisers’ did turn up in Hartlebury.
It was thought that in February, a tough new injunction taken out by West Midlands Police for some of its force areas had moved on ‘car cruisers’ and that is why so many had turned up in Worcestershire.
And, as part of their ongoing operations, West Mercia officers will be liaising with West Midlands Police to find out how the injunction was obtained and – if necessary – a similar one will be sought for the county.
The ground-breaking three-year injunction from the High Court, introduced at the end of last year for Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall, forbids people from taking part in ‘car cruising’, as well as promoting, organising or publicising any events of that kind. Breaching that injunction could see them arrested and brought before the courts.
Now officers from Droitwich Safer Neighbourhood Team are urging any residents who witness anti-social driving and illegal racing to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 so they can take action and record evidence of ‘car cruising’ in the county.