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Traffic officers are tackling illegal street racing events

Traffic officers are tackling illegal street racing events

Residents in Essex with footage of illegal car racing events are encouraged to contact police so offenders can be identified.

Officers across the county are working to deal effectively with antisocial and nuisance events which are causing concern in communities.

In recent weeks the areas of Canvey Island and Basildon have been targeted by illegal racing meets which have been organised over social media.

Sgt Will Willsher from the Chigwell roads policing unit said: “Essex Police’s stance on cruisers and car enthusiasts is clear and unchanged. Those who gather in appropriate places with the land owner’s consent to socialise and admire each others cars are free to do so if they show respect and consideration to the local community. Those who choose to act antisocially and drive in a manner which puts others at risk will be identified and we will use a variety of powers available to us to encourage them to change their behaviour.

“We took positive action following an event on Canvey on August 12. A total of 56 drivers were issued with warning letters, five were summonsed to court for driving offences and two vehicles were seized.”

Our activity is not aimed to prevent dedicated car enthusiasts from gathering in an organised and law-abiding way but to deter and stop dangerous and antisocial racing which can lead to people being injured or killed.

Sgt Willsher added: “Many people hold the view that because these people are using industrial estates and out of town supermarkets they aren’t hurting anyone however it can, and does go very wrong resulting in multiple serious injuries as seen in numerous locations across the country. It is only a certain amount of time until someone receives a life changing or even fatal injury in Essex and this is why we will never stop targeting such drivers in our county.”

Anyone who has any information about these illegal events, participants or who has any footage they would like to submit to officer should contact Sgt Willsher at Chigwell roads policing unit on 101 or email [email protected]

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