Brakes put on the boy racers

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GARSTANG’S High Street car park will be quieter and safer at nights in future after a police crackdown on so-called “boy racers”.

The clampdown, last Tuesday night, resulted in 20 young car owners being issued with notices to get defects on their vehicles fixed before taking them on the road again.

Police, PCSOs and a group of police cadets visited the car park along with a police-registered mechanic to check on the safety and roadworthiness of vehicles belonging to young drivers, who have driving irresponsibly on the car park during evenings in recent months.

Police cadet Lucy Ashton said the youngsters’ vehicles had MoT certificates, but, after examination by the mechanic 20 of them were found to have defects or needed attention.

The youngsters were issued with notices which will require them to contact the police and obtain a note from a garage to prove the work has been done.

Miss Ashton, who added the event was part of a project involving police cadets, said: “I think they were a bit shocked to see the police there.

“We want local people who are ringing in about the problems to see we are trying to deal with the issue.”

She added that a check on another vehicle, a van, which was on the car park at the time, but not linked to the ‘boy racers,’ resulted in the discovery that the vehicle did not have an MOT certificate and no bumper.

The police agreed to a crackdown on Garstang’s two car parks after complaints from the public about noise and nuisance being caused by young drivers on the town’s two main car parks.

Some of the youngsters had been driving cars at high speed, braking fast, and leaving tyre skind marks on the car park surface.

• Police were due to visit Garstang’s other public car park off Windsor Road last night to carry out another check on vehicles.