Police tackle Ilfracombe boy racers


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Plain clothes patrols crack down on speeding and dangerous driving antics around the harbour.

LOUD and dangerous drivers have been told to curb their speed and anti social antics around Ilfracombe’s harbour area this summer.

Police are carrying out plain clothes patrols on the harbour and pier to catch ‘boy racers’ in the act, following complaints from residents about speeding and revving engines late at night.

PC Nella Barker said the campaign was nothing new and something the local force worked on regularly, but the problem became worse in the summer.

“I have no issue with young people who want to meet up and chat in their cars, but I do have an issue with those who think it is okay to put anyone else at risk with stupid driving,” said PC Barker.

The first patrol last week saw her and special constable Matt Chamberlain blend with the crowds: “It was a lovely evening with children and families milling around,” she said.

“It seemed to be a bit of a waste of time and then suddenly three turned up at once. One driver was not too bad, one was only worthy of strong words of advice as he was excessively revving and driving a bit erratically, but the third drove into the car park at speed and flew around it dangerously.

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“Aside from the obvious dangers, it was causing visible upset to people who had otherwise been enjoying a nice pleasant evening.”

The culprit was given a ticket for an offence relating to his car and a Section 59 warning, which means if caught again for anti social driving his car will be seized.

PC Barker said those spoken to were apologetic and promised to improve their driving: “We will be conducting a lot more patrols at different times, and working with other specialised departments to educate drivers and reduce anti social driving.

“This is not a secret, we are not out to catch people - the main aim is to prevent them from doing it in the first place.”

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