Boy racers leave their mark on Great Yarmouth seafront - should more be done to clampdown on nuisance drivers?

Boy racers leave their mark on Great Yarmouth seafront. Picture by Albert Jones. Boy racers leave their mark on Great Yarmouth seafront. Picture by Albert Jones.

Lauren Rogers lauren.rogers
Monday, September 1, 2014
3:34 PM

Boy racers accused of being a constant nuisance on Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile continue to be closely monitored.

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Two weeks after Yarmouth businessman Albert Jones again called for a clamp down on drivers who congregate on the seafront on summer nights, he has again highlighted some of the problems they leave behind.

Today Mr Jones, who owns the Pleasure Beach, said black skid marks were covering the road surface, making the seafront resemble a racecourse rather than a family-friendly tourist street.

Last month Mr Jones said he had felt ‘compelled’ to speak out after hearing that a child had almost been hit by a car while standing at a zebra crossing, adding that more park customers had demanded refunds wanting to leave early to escape the ‘hostile’ environment.

Modified high performance cars have long been meeting on Yarmouth seafront.

Earlier this year, a noise monitoring operation was mounted by Great Yarmouth Borough Council in response to complaints from residents who say they cannot sleep and have to endure noisy antics until the early hours.

Previous crackdowns have involved poster campaigns, patrols, vehicle checks and a red-card anti-social driving campaign.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council said it works with Norfolk Constabulary, Norfolk County Council Highways, ward councillors and residents to tackle the problem caused by some car enthusiasts in the South Beach Parade area and another meeting is due to be held this autumn.

23 comments

  • I was contacted on Monday (bank holiday) about the ongoing boy racer issues along the seafront. I am just writing to re iterate that I TOTALLY disagree with Albert Jones front page ramble last week. I was NOT assaulted on Sunday eve. Yes there was an arrest, but this has been dealt with. We, the residents, police, Comeunity and the council are working together to manage car enthusiast issues. The only thing Mr. Jones has EVER done to help us is to offer us a room to hold the odd meeting in. He had promised to donate a sum of money for a CCTV camera, but when it came down to it, he said he didn't have any spare cash....that's the 'help' he gives us. There will ALWAYS be boy racers, all we want to do is manage the anti-social behaviour of the few drivers who behave like idiots. Most of them are car enthusiasts who take pride in their cars. I am dismayed that your newspaper did not go to anybody else to get another side to the front page story you published last week. You are VERY well aware that I am involved with the ongoing issues, because you have published several articles, neither did you get the police opinion. I realize that Mr. Jones' perspective on the matter will sell papers for you by sensationalizing the story.....but it isn't entirely correct. But then, as I said, good news doesn't sell nearly as well as bad news..... My reply to the Mercury!

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    Oddbod

    Friday, September 5, 2014

  • why not try and turn a nuisance into an asset? One day a month or some other regular interval have a race day down the seafront to attract people. This could make a nuisance into a trade attracting spectacle.

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    Z:)

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Why don't the Police Video activities, use number plate recognition to identify the driver & vehicles. Once they have this information they can identify the insurance company and policy number. Send the video on to the relevant insurer and see how pleased they will be knowing their client is racing on a public highway.

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    Andy T

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Whats wrong with them using the long straight road from Main Cross road to the gates at the outer disaster ?. No one lives there, a nice long straight bit of road to "drag race" along. Nice. As for Jones, who the hell would want to go to this unbuilt complex and stay in the hotel, in that cr*p area overlooking either the barrack estate, the industrial units, or the outer disaster ?. The licence should have gone to the one in the centre of Yarmouth, but we all know why Jones got it , dont we ?.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • The boy racers are only a small isolated problem. The wider problem is the elderly steering wheel attendants who cannot drive above 38mph anywhere, and last used their mirrors in 1976. These drivers should be taken off the road.

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    Lord Elf

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Angrychef you are spot on.....I live about 100 yarda off the seafront and walking through the back streets towarda the town centre I almost expwct to be attacked by packs of wild dogs. Residents complaining about boygirl racers?? What about the litter...the condition of the roads...the pleasure beach that hasnt had any money spent on it,or changed in a decade!! And yes with the ridiculous daylight robbery prices for parking you would think the council could afford the 20k to put a speed camera down the sea front

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    Russell1978

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • We all know this is really about the multi-million complex he hasn't made any effort to consider. Any excuse to get out of the fact fines will be issued if he doesn't start the work soon. That's the disgrace... Built up land he owns derelict, what an eyesore!

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    Norfolkgal

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Police? What police after years of cuts and £100k a year they pay to a PCC who dare not comment on even the weather in case it puts him deeper in the poo over his expenses claims.. There are no police or no money left to do anything about it but unfortunately something needs to be done before there is a fatality whilst we are at however .....we had the pleasure of walking through Great Yarmouth the last few Wednesdays. If any one is in doubt how bad the condition of the town is ,try walking from King street to the seafront via the back roads .. King street hasn't been swept for at least 8 weeks ( broken glass and dirty sanitory towel litter the road nr the polish shop ,sorry the name escapes me, this trail of rubbish continues until you get to the seafront then it is replaced by overflowing bins and chip cartons blowing up and down the Golden mile ( must relate to the gold needed to park along it )

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    angrychef

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • If you don't like the area you live move , I've done it stop moaning about people socializing and be happy where u live don't expect to move onto one of the most busy roads then moan about people driving up and down ....and for mr jones he's quick enough to moan about people's litter were does all the litter come from,the pleasure beach and moan about the place looking run down that lazy old fart has just got the paint brush out after 5-10 years and just painted his rotten old roller coaster how about you make your pleasure beach presentable paint the logfloom make it look good instead on a old rust frame what goes into dirty green water ......the simple things I've just pointed out you should be doing instead of wasting you time winging about people meeting down the seafront they've done it for years , and I don't think that a little wrinkly fraggle like you can change that however much money you've got ....thanks now get a grip woman!

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    D.emmerson

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • BG, get your facts right, your comments are incorrect, bigoted and prejudice!

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    Oddbod

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Russell The council were asked at one time to part fund a speed camera on the seafront but they flatly refused. But taking into account the horrendously high car parking fees on the seafront there is more than enough money being gathered nowadays to pay for several cameras. I take your point about Yarmouth. Get off the seafront and it is truly a dump. What else do you expect when there are so many people, with a myriad of social problems and low aspirations, dependant on the state for the main or sole source of their income. People who have a good job in Yarmouth don`t choose to live here and who can blame them!

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    BG

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Bg.......peoples negative view of Yarmouth isn't just based on people in modified cars......its based on failing economy....the dilapidated buildings.....etc etc... The council should do us all a favour and put a speed cameracameras up....although then they might risk catching someone else other than a "boyracer" doing something wrong!!! God forbid!!! On occasion I take my car to the sea front....and id gladly see a camera put up....because like the majority that attend.....im not an idiot!!!!!

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    Russell1978

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • One very simple solution would be to put those bumps in the road. Called "sleeping policeman " I believe. It is quite incredible that people on this post want to treat these moronic motorists as a legitimate car club. They are not . They are a nightmare to the residents who have to put up with their antics.

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    norman hall

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Yaaarrr.....grab yer pitchforks and burning sticks!!! Lets get ourselves a mob together and have a lynching!!!! More propaganda because Yarmouth is a shithole!!! People just looking for an easy scape goat...id blame the seagulls...they annoy me more!!!! Squaking and defecating over everything.... Hmmmm solution....lets get rid of all birds.....makes as much sense as the wimperings of someone who it seems probably funds the great Yarmouth mercury...

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    Russell1978

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Boy and girl racers have been racing up and down the seafront for decades. The police have tried initiative after initiative to combat this criminal behaviour; but none have been a long lasting success. As soon as their backs are turned they resume their illegal activities. Across the years there have been many serious accidents on the seafront involving these racers. Many racers have been prosecuted , mainly for speeding (70, 80 90 being quite common place) and have been disqualified. But that does not seem to deter them. The only option is to engineer the problem out but an interim measure would be to spend some of the car parking revenue on paying for a permanent police presence in the evenings on the seafront with a zero tolerance policy of enforcement. CCTV cameras would also help. Its fairly obvious that holidaymakers and visitors to the town can only take away with them a negative view of Yarmouth. Which undoubtedly they then pass onto to friends and family. Heaven knows how much damage the antics of this crowd have done to the reputation and economy of Great Yarmouth over the years.

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    BG

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Strange that we have the technology to fly around the world... But alas we do not have the technology to stop boy racers... But that is the UK for you.. Problems.. Problems .. The UK is full of them... As news on TV tells us every day.....

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    Lionel

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Derek, the police are doing something. Arrests are made. We need to work together as a community though.

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    Oddbod

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • There always have been, and always will be car enthusiasts on the seafront. We as a committee have worked very hard to combat some of their anti-social behaviour issues, but sadly a few 'boy racers' spoil it for the genuine car enthusiasts. There are issues at the moment, yes we know, but we are working with residents to try to iron out these problems. The problem isn't just during the summer nights though, as Albert Jones stated, it is an all year round problem. The difference being, the Pleasure Beach isn't open during the winter, thus doesn't affect Mr. Jones. I have to say that perhaps it would be more constructive for Mr. Jones to attend a committee meeting to offer support, rather than going through the media....who only ever seem to report on the negative side of this, instead of all the good that has and is still being done.

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    Oddbod

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • What are the police doing, just watching, do something about it before someone is seriously injured

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • "resemble a racecourse" what covered in grass with hoof prints. I think you mean "Race track"

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    ggj666

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • 1 child is nearly run over, not good. But when school is in, its daily occurrence outside my house. Along with engines revving, horns sounding and folk using the path to park on. The police do nothing, dosnt even make the mercury.

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    Stormcast

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • I think I'll join in as well..driving up and down with my window open..playing Des O' Connor at full blast just like the old days ..yeah... it has happened for years..

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    musicman

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Whatever next! Nappies on the Landau's perhaps? (yawn)

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    fester1902

    Monday, September 1, 2014

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