‘Boy racers’ have been issued with warnings by police after causing a disturbance at a Dereham town centre car park.

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Police were called to the Cherry Tree car park at 7.30pm yesterday after reports of a group of cars on the Theatre Street site revving their engines and causing a disturbance.

Officers gave two of the drivers warning notices which means if the police are contacted about their anti-social behaviour again in the next 12 months then their vehicles could be seized.

The Cherry Tree car park has been designated a ‘respect zone’ where groups of cars are asked not to gather.

Sgt Lance Ogbourne, of the Breckland Operational Partnership Team, said: “This type of anti-social behaviour has been highlighted as an issue by residents in Dereham and is currently a priority for local officers, as decided at the last Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel meeting with members of the public in November.

“I hope that the response by our officers sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate vehicle-related anti-social behaviour and positive action will be taken against anyone using their car in a dangerous or inconsiderate manner.”

The next meeting of the Dereham Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) will take place on Wednesday January 29 starting at 7pm, and will be held at Breckland District Council Offices, Walpole Loke, Dereham.

The meetings give local residents the chance to raise any issues or concerns they may have about where they live and provide the opportunity to speak to panel members, made up of representatives from the police, district council and other agencies.

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