Clamp down on 'showcasers' driving in Cheddar Gorge

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 August 2014

This picture of the area in the Gorge was taken by Simon James and submitted to iwitness24.

This picture of the area in the Gorge was taken by Simon James and submitted to iwitness24.

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POLICE have been cracking down on the number of young drivers speeding in a Somerset tourist spot.

Four police cars, including two unmarked vehicles, were based in Cheddar Gorge over the weekend.

Police Constable Rachael Cooke, beat manager for Cheddar, said police issued at least eight fixed-penalty notices to vehicles with no working lights or number plates.

They also carried out two arrests - including one for drink-driving - and issued verbal warnings for speeding.

Speaking at Cheddar Parish Council, PC Cooke said: “We had a group of showcasers in the gorge from Dorset on Saturday and Bristol on Sunday.

“A lot of the problem is they are being pushed away from other places and they are looking for somewhere to come.

“We made it quite clear they are welcome to come here if they behave in a social manner but we will be clamping down hard on them.

“Some of them weren’t happy there were that many police vehicles in the gorge, so they left.”

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