Pleasure Beach boss calls for action on Great Yarmouth boy racers

The Golden Mile on Great Yarmouth seafront.
Photo: Andy Darnell The Golden Mile on Great Yarmouth seafront. Photo: Andy Darnell

Friday, August 22, 2014
9:10 AM

A leading businessman is calling for a determined crackdown on reckless boy racers after a child was nearly hit on a seafront zebra crossing.

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Albert Jones from Yarmouth's Pleasure Beach. Photo: Nick Butcher.Albert Jones from Yarmouth's Pleasure Beach. Photo: Nick Butcher.

Pleasure Beach owner Albert Jones said he felt compelled to speak out after the incident saying he could not have a death on his conscience and wanted to do all he could to stop the Golden Mile being used as a racetrack.

The issue had come to a head on Sunday with more than 100 cars creating a nuisance, destroying tourism just when it needed a boost.

But worse than the noise menace was the threat to life and having lost a child himself he was desperate to save any parent from the life-shattering heartbreak of bereavement.

He said: “Something has to be done before somebody is killed sooner or later. I had that on my conscience on Sunday - I would rather lose the business and make sure every action that could be done was done to stop a child being killed.

“It is getting worse and it is unfair to the residents and the holidaymakers.”

Mr Jones said he had been in contact with police and visited stations in both Yarmouth and Caister to call for measures to deal with the trouble spot.

His actions were triggered by a shaken customer at the Pleasure Beach who told him she had had to grab her child by the scruff of the neck after a wheel-spinning car careered into their path as they stood at a zebra crossing.

Mortified, he has set about making his feelings known and says the struggling tourism scene is suffering because of the meetings which intimidate visitors and make them feel unsafe.

At the Pleasure Beach more and more people were asking for token refunds in a bid to leave early and escape what to many was a hostile environment, their cars surrounded by souped-up vehicles and the pound of pop music.

“I am just lost that in this day and age we cannot do something,” he said. “I believe it is now starting to affect business. If people want to stroll along the seafront after 6pm they are having to steer away.

“I am not against them as everyone is entitled to have a hobby. But surely there is somewhere more controlled. We have nothing to stop them from racing. There are no speed bumps and the lighting is poor. There must be somewhere where they can meet up but not in a built-up area on Yarmouth seafront near some of the best attractions.

“The residents are telling me it is 52 weeks of the year but what has brought it to a head is the speeding the other night. We need to stop a potential fatality. I cannot turn a blind eye. I know what it is like to lose a child.”

Albert and Mandy Jones lost their seven-week-old son Jay in 1992 from heart and lung problems.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police actively patrol Yarmouth seafront on Sunday evenings, where operational commitments allow, taking action against motorists where appropriate.

“We accept this is a long-standing issue and continue to work with all parties to find possible solutions.

“Due to the bank holiday, we will have additional resources in place this weekend supported by our roads policing units, to deal with any issues or offences robustly.”

Are you plagued by boy racers? Contact liz.coates@archant.co.uk

22 comments

  • This is not just ONE idiot, there are many and every night of the week, also long after the genuine enthusiasts have gone home. Yes, the pleasure beach is not open all year round but we live her in sheltered accomodation and should not be subjected to this dangerous and anti-social activity every night , sometimes until 2 am. A short quiet gathering is no problem but the speeding, wheelspinning and revving loudly at night is.

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    DJW7

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Yet again one person who is driving without due care and attention or a child wandering and not looking (we have all done both) means a very large group of people get tard with the same brush. Oh heshe's spent money on there car that means there a bad driver they shouldn't be allowed on the road. Let's stop them from meeting with there friends in a public place. A vast number of these accused boygirl racers work very hard to do what they do to there cars they also respect the rules of the road and the law because they know that there passion and hobby automatically makes them a target because of a stigma that makes is criminals and bad drivers just because we spend money on cars. Billions of pounds are spent each year on vehicle modifications. Sadly there are some people out there that give the majority a bad name. I run a modified car club and a very large one with over a thousand members. And we have a simple rule respect others and respect the road. By giving respect we will gain respect. This is not just about the so called boygirl racers this should apply to everyone in life respect each other and drivers and pedestrian's should always respect the dangers of a road drivers have the highway code pedestrian's have the green cross code.

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    Simon-whiplash Hughes

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • I agree with Russell 1978 with everything he says there are just as many girl as boys I enjoy joining them sometimes myself it's chilling, relaxing, able to play tunage with out grumpy neibours, see what other cars people have and have a good laugh with mates better than sitting at home. I like how your all quick to judge boy racers there are far more people on the road like old people, taxi drivers ect anyone can drive at a high speed it's the same with anyone that's quick to judge chavs because they way they dress means they thugs an criminals when actually anyone of you can be criminal. As for businesses in great Yarmouth are dying of not because of boy racers or chavs but due to not enough business and high prices this place soon will be a ghost town no matter what. I feel for the pleasure beach owner lossing a Child but as someone sed already his loss wasn't by being hit by a car or a chav ect it's looking for things to blame.

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    Melissa De' Ath

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Russell1978..... Surely there are insurance implications at Snetterton as well. I think it is great that some skills are required when driving but these should be learnt in a safe area not where there could be contact by some idiots who roar about. We always used the old Ellough airfield when we did this kind of thing maybe that is another option. So as you can see yes I used to be a speed freak and enjoy being with mates and their cars but we always did it where we would not be a nuisance to others.

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    loco

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • This is a problem that has been going on for decades and has filled pages and pages of the letters column in the Yarmouth Mercury over the years. There has been police initiative after initiative catching the Jetty boys doing 70, 80 90 mph. There have been numerous serious accidents over the years but nothing seems to deter them from their lunatic behaviour. The council were asked at one stage to part fund a speed camera but they refused. With the enormous amount of money they are currently making from exorbitant car parking fees on the seafront it is time they spent some of it on engineering out the ability of these drivers to do just what they like. Having no regard whatsoever of the effect on seafront trade and local residents. The money could also be spent on paying police officers on overtime to police this area which would at least make sure there was a police presence to sort them out. Not a passing look as seems to be happening now.

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    BG

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • You lot are unbelievable!!!! from your comments you seem to be implying only boy racers speed....have you watched the taxi drivers lately lmao???? The insurance implications for somewhere like Yarmouth stadium would be a minefield in terms of liability.... Aaron the meet is Monday from 10-5 I believe,track time available on the 200 circuit and the drift circuit.

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    Russell1978

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • As a resident living in this area, I'm surprised to see it's taken till now (when it effects business) for this to become an issue! We have been to countless meetings, raised this concern with the authorities over and over again. This is an all year round threat every Sunday and bank holiday, the police presents is to say scarce. I've witnessed and recorded scenes of dangerous driving, I've even been on the phone to the authorities when cars and bikes have been racing past at such speed the police operator couldn't hear me. As usual nothing happens or it's too little too late. I just hope this is a true concern for people's safety and the welfare of the residents rather than a cry for lost revenue due to the vast crowds of cars causing a menace to tourists..

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    Dgandlg

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Russell1978 when is the car meet at snetterton

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    aaronc

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • loco - great idea, and something I think they do at another local stadium, Kings Lynn I guess. Kieran - to say the Outer Harbour has not fulfilled its potential would be somewhat of an understatement. However, there are currently approx. 170 lorries a day driving through town full of grain to be loaded onto a large grain container moored in the Outer Harbour at the moment. And this is the 3rd such ship in the Outer Harbour this month.

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    gy_bourne

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Why do these car enthusiasts ( some boy racers ) get in touch with the owner of Caister stadium to discuss what it would cost to hold a regular meeting there. then insurance allowed they could roar around to there hearts content. Or will some shy away as it might cause them to put their hands in their pocket which would still be cheaper than possibly knock a child down on their seafront raceway.

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    loco

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I thought theyd closed it off???.....and to be honest would make the idiots drive worse than they already do.....

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    Russell1978

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • My question always russell is WHY yarmouth seafront. As we all know it's a built up area. I think the road round by the docks would be better as its quiet round there. As i said i'm not against wat they do ....but not in a public place.

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    canaryboy71

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Canaryboy 1971......everytime over the ten years or so ive been in the car scene weve done this the police move us on...gates go up.....and we have to find somewhere else... We would all be interested which is why the genuine enthusiasts will be attending a free meet at Snetterton race track this weekend organised by one of the local car clubs. The "general public" are often interested... Ive had many comments about the excellent condition of the vehicle I drive from a wide ranging demographic.....your point is invalid as like many you pigeon hole the enthusiasts...this being the nature of things that people find it hard to be subjective.

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    Russell1978

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • In all honesty I dont know why it still amazes me that propaganda like this can still be printed. The dying trade on the seafront has nothing to do with the car enthusiasts, not going to call them boyracers because im nearly 36 years old and stopped being a "boy" a long time ago,there are also just as many female drivers as male. Because its a social event between like minded people of both sexes British holidays are outdated!!! Its cheaper to go abroad than it is to stay in this country and holiday...arcades are outdated,its not like when I was a kid and the arcades were the best place to play video games,the technology kids have at home with games consoles is far superior. There are zebra crossings and speed bumps in place...and pedestrians do have right of way if they are in the road! It is a drivers responsibility to be aware of there surroundings and act accordingly, having said that...yes...there are some drivers who attend Sunday nights,as I do,that should not be driving. It would be so easy for a plain clothed police officer to be on the seafront,or for the police to set up video surveillance to catch the idiots. Theyd be doing the MAJORITY of us "boy racers" a favour.....we are unable to police it ourselves unfortunately. Euston Road being mentioned... I live in Yarmouth and park on Euston Road...I can walk past a certain house,and everytime the smell of weed is overpowering....in my mind the police would be better pulling their finger out and sorting out the junkoes and the prolific drug problems in Yarmouth than listening to the small minded rants of a failing business owner going for the sympathy vote bceause hes lost a child,and unfortunately the car scene is an easy target.....

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    Russell1978

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • It's obvious that the "Car enthusiasts" cannot police or ensure that everyone who attends acts responsibly despite so very many warnings. I say it's now time that the acts of the minority ruin it for everyone and ban the whole lot.

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    A M

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Again this problem arise. The police won't do anything because they havn't bothered before now. I got nothing against car enthusiasts but the words 'showing off' their cars is the important bit. ' Showing off' means to do something in front of people, and where else will you find them. Offer them a piece of land in the middle of nowhere to do it and they'll not be interested. PLEASE NOTE LADS. THE GENERAL PUBLIC ARE NOT INTERESTED......GO DO IT SOMEWHERE ELSE PLEASE........BEFORE SOMEONE GETS HURT.

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    canaryboy71

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Daisy is right. And I'll add that it is the significant minority of appalling drivers that put visitors and residents at risk in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston - all year round. Any day or night you can see dangerous speeding, red light-jumping, use of mobiles, unsociable and dangerous parking and more. Walking home late one night from the Pavilion Theatre my brother and I and two of his grandchildren were nearly mowed down by a speeding TAXI - I'd have reported him to the police but he was going too fast to get his number - honestly!

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    wallywalnut

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • No Keiran wrong For the bulk of the year the seafront is empty and is a valuable route to the town and the industrial area avoiding the residential Nelson Road or the heavily congested Lawn Avenue-Fullers Hill -Hall Quay mess. The sea front is an essential part of a limited road network restricted by the geography of the town. With adequate speed limits and good crossing points it should be perfectly safe. pedestrianising the sea front would be a huge waste an inconvenience and drive away what trade it does get.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • By all means do something about the boy racers, but don't penalise the modified car enthusiasts in the process.. If anyone is unsure of the difference, boy racers tw@t about without a care in the world, modified car enthusiasts just want to meet and chat..

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    Dave400

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Perhaps they are rushing to get past the less than beautiful "Pleasure Beach" or showing the holder of the casino licence what hurry up is like-something not evident where the construction of the much vaunted Casino and leisure complex is concerned. Of course boy racers should not be exceeding the speed limit or noise levels but I see nothing wrong with them gathering and socialising and showing off their motors. The business man featured is not exactly high profile when it comes to the community and the business is shut for a good chunk of the year. The above mentioned crossings now afflicting all of GY and Norfolk are obviously intended to make us all drive at 15 mph for fear of pedestrians assuming they have right of way and leaping in front of our bumpers-which they do!

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I cannot see any zebra crossings on Great Yarmouth seafront. There are none - what there is are some light controlled crossings, and some crossing points ( some raised) which just confuse the issue. I had a near miss (as a motorist) recently, as people assume that these crossing points give a right to cross, when they do not. In my incident, an elderly adult male had crossed the lane used by landaus from the seafront side, and then did not look north but only south as he stepped out in front of me. I assume that he thought he had crossed the southbound lane, and that the next lane was northbound traffic only.

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    suffin else

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Why is this only being recognised now that a (rather successful) business owner is now on the case for these careless and irresponsible drivers? This has been a problem for many years, and despite most of Yarmouth's Money from the government being spent on the sea front, and some of the councillors having vested interest in some of the companies down there, this has not been sorted earlier. All this money poured into the local harbour, which is now a white elephant after having only 1 ship (that we know about) officially enter the docks. Simple idea #1, Speed humps. Simple idea #2 Pedestrianise the whole lot so NO cars can go down there apart from deliveries and emergency vehicles. A friend and I fell foul to a seafront boy racer whilst driving past Euston road, so I would be really interested in seeing something happen to benefit the community in the stopping of these boy racers from their actions

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    Keiran Clements

    Friday, August 22, 2014

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