Police warn drivers after foiling 127-car illegal street race near Rugby - The Rugby Observer

Police warn drivers after foiling 127-car illegal street race near Rugby

Andy Morris 14th Jul, 2017 Updated: 14th Jul, 2017   0

BOY RACERS have been warned after police stopped over 120 cars from staging an illegal race on the A5 near Rugby.

Officers closed a stretch of the northbound A5 near the DIRFT rail terminal in Crick, boxing in 127 cars, on the evening of Sunday July 9 after receiving reports of vehicles assembling there.

Police spent four hours processing the cars and speaking to drivers about number plate offences, defective tyres and MOT expiry.

Four vehicles were seized – two for having no insurance and two for not being taxed – and 16 drivers chose to remove window tints rather than risk a prohibition notice.

And petrol-heads have been warned police are taking a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to illegal street racing following an increase in activity at the site over the past six months.

PC David Lee of Nothamptonshire Police’s Safer Roads Team said: “When we talk to people at these meets they say they’ve just come to watch, but if people come to watch there will be people who are happy to race. Without spectators there’s not so much of an event. While people feel they aren’t doing anything wrong by being there, it is encouraging that behaviour to happen.

“Many of the people we spoke to had travelled from across the UK to attend. We want to send out a strong message that travelling here with the hope of seeing or taking part in illegal racing or drifting will be a wasted trip as we will shut down any attempt at holding such activities on public roads.

“When these illegal races happen there are collisions that involve members of the public, and this sort of behaviour is simply not acceptable on public roads. If you want to race, go to a proper racetrack and do so in safe and controlled conditions.”

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