‘We’re listening to you’: Noise detectives target Yarmouth’s Golden Mile boy racers

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

Monday, July 21, 2014
8:57 AM

Electronic ears will be listening to the engine revving and wheel spinning generated by boy-racers who congregate on Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile in ever greater numbers over the summer.

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The monitoring operation is being 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.

Young drivers showing off their souped-up vehicles, braking loudly and playing car stereos excessively loud have been a problem for decades, drawing complaints from households who say they are plagued by disturbances.

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

The latest purge has been triggered by David Willcocks of Frank Stone Court who says high-speed races are putting lives in danger with more than 100 cars gathering and playing “symphonies” on their horns on Sundays.

And while a new road layout had helped households in South Beach Parade, the problem had shifted to the area between Dickens Avenue and Queens Road, annoying more than 60 people in sheltered accommodation.

Disabled Mr Willcocks, said the problem was getting worse with residents having to endure disturbances every night of the week, peaking on Sundays.

“They race along the seafront at high speed and sit in the car park doing wheel spins and even put stuff on the road to make them do it even better. They are here from February to December, the only time we don’t get them is in the winter if there is snow and ice. They start with just a few gathering from 8pm and I have known it go on until 2.30am in the morning.

“There is one particular car that lights something in its exhaust that causes explosions like gun fire.2

The 62-year-old’s complaints to police and council resulted in a meeting on Tuesday he hopes will lead to action that will curb their activities.

A spokesman for Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: “Great Yarmouth Borough Council, along with Norfolk Constabulary, County Council Highways, ward councillors and local residents have worked together for a number of years to tackle the problem caused by some car enthusiasts in the South Beach Parade and St Nicholas Car Park area.

“Such problems have included noise, littering, dangerous driving and general anti-social behaviour. This multi-agency approach is being used to tackle the issues currently being experienced by residents of Frank Stone Court. Officers and ward councillors recently met with the police and local residents to try to find a possible solution. Any solution must be viable and supported by all involved.

“A follow-up meeting will be held in the autumn. In the meantime, environmental health officers are conducting noise monitoring at relevant times to determine whether the noise caused by any one of these individuals is significant enough to constitute a ‘statutory nuisance’. If so, that individual can be served with a noise abatement notice, which if breached could lead to prosecution in the courts.”

21 comments

  • Noise detective! Another jobs worth in hi viz vest! Am I really paying local taxes for this?

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    Paul Morley

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Oh dear! Snow and ice keeps them away! I can drive on both its fun. I will bring the DB9 down there for a spin or is that a blast. You olfk bought houses opposite the pleasure beach in light industrial area. Thanks to GY failure to attract tourists or industry you have it good. Want quiet move to Southwold.

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    Paul Morley

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Dear Mr Willcocks I like ice and snow. count on me to pop on down with the DB9 to insure your not lonely in the cold dark winters. I would also point out you whiny people bought houses opposite the pleasure beach in a light industrial area. You want quiet move to Southwold!

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    Paul Morley

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • having been a "girlracer" in the past i can see both sides of the story, we turned up on a sunday to meet up with friends from lowy and norwich to talk about cars and have a bit of banter. we respected the people in the houses and never played loud music or drove stupidly, .your always going to get the odd one who spoils it for everyone and give the "boyracer" a bad name , has anyone thought about the money they spend in the town in the amusmentsfood placespetrol stations?

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    Megan Edwards

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • Is the speed limit 70mph on the seafront? Alot of these car drivers do and often exceed the actual legal limit, performing moronic wheelspins and creating very anti-social behaviour. I agree that some of these motors might be deemed as nice, but for a small minority to behave in such a way has and will always call for a crackdown. Maybe these Boy Racers with small apendages should form up their own code of conduct to adhere to the law, before asking for a specific area to practice their wheelspins, donots and racing.

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    wes1975

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • This does make me smile, having moved from the seafront 24 years ago when this happened on a nightly basis and the police never did anything about it, we simply got used to it. I also agree with the comments that people just want to show off their cars, perhaps the police could look at giving them an area to do this.

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    newsgirl

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • As a local club owner I have tried my up most to try and work along side the police,but the Police don't take any interest. They're happy to help when they wanted my club to help promote their event at Snetterton last year but when we need help in return they don't want to know. The bad behaviour on the front is down to certain individuals and NOT the 'scene' as a whole. If Police dealt with it as it happened then those causing the trouble can be dealt with accordingly instead of pushing it to one side. I'm sick to death with the media tarring us with the same brush as these 'boy racers'. I for one have spent ALOT of money on my car,so why would I risk ruining it? I think you'll fid 95% of people go up there to socialise and to show off their car. Yes the standard of cars will vary,but people can only buy why they can afford. But surely that's no interest of yours because who cares what they drive? I did an article for the Evening News a few back to help put our side of the story across,but again the Police and Media don't want to know. Because using this excuse is an easy way to make a story.

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    Chris

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • This Makes me so angry because we all get branded the same when most of us are going up to see friends who we don't see during the week and talk about cars which have had alot of money gets spent on the cars. All People seem to is critisize us when most of do nothing wrong. Its about time people stopped moaning and actually spoke to the youngsters that go up there and these so called rubbish cars and what us youngsters have to get because of people's idiotic driving which makes life hard for us. Most of us who go up there just want an easy time, yes you will get idiots and that is where the SO CALLED POLICE need to do their job. This has been going on for decades now!!!!!

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    Amy Lawrence

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • I could quote a lot of your comments and say they are utter bull... Yes its been happening for decades so if you chose to live in the area its something you may want to consider... also the cars aren't just "Corsa's, Golfs, Metros, Civics" there is a lot more and not mention some fantastic cars from the Japanese Domestic Market. The "shotgun Corsa" LOL I think you'll find is an 800bhp Supra, We are always talking to the police and we co-operate fully within the rules of the road clearly none of you know anything about our passion so you keep on making yourselves look silly and we'll have a laugh on your behalf :)

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    Tom Green

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • suppose i would have to admit to being one of these 'boy racers', or 'enthusiast' whatever people want to call it, i like cars, and keep company that also do. upon reading some of these comments its clear nobody here knows the first thing about our 'scene' 'lights something in exhaust' sorry mate, thats due to the mapping of the car and how its setup, and its NOT a corsa, (that bit i found specially funny, cheers "V") crushing cars is a great idea but would result in a small scale revolt, think we are past that now though aren't we? for years myself and people doing this for years before me have been asking the police to provide somewhere out of town for us to convene, park and ride's sit there, out of town, lit and empty. how hard would it be to open one? pop a burger van in there to earn some money and leave us to it? cleanups might cost in the morning but that must out weigh the cost of police and equipment every sunday? maybe someone should raise the question of 'where can they actually go' instead of 'how do we get rid'

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    tray

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Maxine walker. Typical of the do gooder, fluffy bunny speak that this town has to put up with. Just crush 2 or 3 cars and the others will soon fall into line. Jay. Are they "local" clubs meeting, or are they just pathetic little morons with their boys toys ?

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    "V"

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • I have nothing against people showing off their cars. But why don't the police try and sort it so they can meet up on a dis-used piece of land in the middle of nowhere........oh hang on...yarmouth seafront is full of holiday makers who these people think are interested in their loud music and pimped up cars. Well we're not. If it's not the 'showing off in general public' that matters , then kindly do your hobbies.....preferably in the middle of nowhere.

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    canaryboy71

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Everyone is getting tarred with the same brush here and it shouldn't be happening. There is a lot of people who just like to show off their car and chat then you get the idiots racing and making noise. Maybe if the police work with them and not against them they may get somewhere and everyone can then help get them done but the police

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    Maxine Walker

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Well said Jay - it is only afew idiots that spoil it for the others. People g there to show their cars, which alot of money has been spent on. It has been going on for so many years, with cars, mopeds etc. You would expect some noise on the front either from drunks, cars and seagulls etc :-)

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    Jetranger

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • If they really are 'car enthusiasts', why are their cars so rubbish ? I mean, Corsas, Golfs, Metros, Civics, not really very desirable are they ? Most of them are even front-wheel-drive !!

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    GoodRockinDaddy

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • These so called 'boy racers' are what we call car enthusiasts people who love to talkshow of their cars. Granted there is some ocassional idiot who thinks it's a great idea to put stuff on the roads or to light his exhaust on fire or whatever. But surely if the owners of local clubs met with the authorities to find a reasonable solution for everyone's benefit I'm sure there would be a crack down

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    Jay Sadler

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • I hope when they state noise monitoring times this will be in the night and not during day! Police have done nothing,I have been to my son's place and seen this for myself,they get no sleep at all just listening to the boy racers screeching all night and what have police done..nothing..! They turn up when the action has finished,sums the police up really!

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    lisa sharp

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • ".......There is one particular car that lights something in its exhaust that causes explosions like gun fire." That is a certain Vauxhall Corsa with blacked out windows.

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    "V"

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Why can't the Police stop this activity,it doesn't seen a difficult task to enforce the law !

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    Albert Cooper

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • If this has been going on for decades, what have the authorities been doing, including the police

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • They might do better looking at the excessive noise ( I don't think it could be called music) coming from one of the holiday camps on Saturday. Not what those who live in residential areas where the holiday camps have established themselves or who are using the beach want to be plagued with all summer. The local villages are now filled with speeding motors, litter, broken bottles and idiots who can't indicate or find the right lane to drive in or work out how to drive on narrow roads. Beats me how they manage to drive where they live-perhaps they leave their brains and manners at home when they come on holiday

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, July 21, 2014

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