Boyracers drive residents mad

PUBLISHED: 13:30 28 January 2011

Police say they will target boyracers in Weston

Police say they will target boyracers in Weston

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BOYRACERS are driving residents on a Weston street to distraction with their antisocial behaviour.

People living in Jay View in The Park say they are regularly tormented by blaring music and tyres screeching from cars driven by teens near the Gallagher Retail Park.

Tina Mills, who has a two-year-old daughter, says she only moved into her property a year ago but is already house hunting because she is so frustrated with the noise.

She told the Mercury: “I’m literally being driven out of my home.

“All you can hear all night is loud music and wheel spinning.

“It got to the point that I went outside this week and screamed at them because they were videoing each other spinning their wheels and making a racket.

“My neighbours and I can’t sleep and it is affecting my daughter a lot too.

“I don’t think they realise the effect it has on the residents.”

Tina, aged 24, said she has reported the behaviour to police ‘countless’ times but feels they are not doing enough to target the problem.

She added: “It is always me and my neighbours ringing them but they never just come on the off chance and patrol the area once a night.”

A police spokesman said they are proactive in addressing this issue and have consulted with businesses as well as putting up notices asking motorists to consider residents.

He said this area is patrolled by the south ward team and also officers from the Road Policing Unit.

Sergeant Shane Hawkings said: “In the last six months we have been called to attend the location on numerous occasions, the vast majority of which have been attended in less than five minutes.

“In most cases we find ourselves encountering levels of traffic consistent with the business levels of the premises.

“We urge residents to tell us about issues that are concerning them and we do take all incidents of antisocial behaviour seriously and we will continue to do all that we can within our power to resolve them.”

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