Two drivers disqualified following racing operation in Essex
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Two men have been disqualified from driving in connection with an operation to help tackle street racing in Essex.
Billy Roe, 27, of Thorney Bay Road, Canvey, was disqualified for six months and was ordered to pay a £660 fine, £90 costs and £66 victim surcharge after admitting failing to give information relating to the driver of a vehicle.
Tony Barber, 20, of The Fremnells, Basildon, was disqualified for 12 months and was ordered to pay a £440 fine, £90 costs and £44 victim after admitting taking part in a race on a public highway.
The sentence was made at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 30 August.
Officers attended Roscommon Way at around 11.20pm on Sunday, February 10, and spotted Roe’s vehicle, a silver Honda Civic, racing a silver Skoda in poor conditions and at speed.
We sent a notice of prosecution to Roe’s address and maintained he was not driving his vehicle.
He told officers that his car was being repaired at the time and that someone must have cloned his plates, which was found not to be the case.
On Friday, April 7, our officers found Barber driving his BMW 530d driving at speed and racing in Roscommon Way at around 1.15pm. He was also sent a notice of prosecution.
Both men were reported as part of Operation Calla, a dedicated operation dealing with cruising, street racing and anti-social driving across Essex.
Sergeant Simon Willsher, of Essex Police’s Road Policing Unit said: “These outcomes are another example of the risks posed by racing.
“Not only do you put yourself and others in danger, you risk losing your licence and possibly your job.
“I must stress again that we welcome and have no issues with genuine car enthusiasts and motorists’ right to gather. However, we will not tolerate driving that puts people at risk of harm.
“If you do, you’ll be reported and put before a court.”
Anyone with information about anti-social driving is asked to call Essex Police on 101 or report information online by visit www.essex.police.uk.
Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.