Seafront boy racers could face a fine in move to stop behaviour

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. - Credit: Archant

New powers to clamp down on boy racers on the seafront are being investigated by the borough council.

A public consultation was launched on Wednesday on proposed new legal powers to help tackle vehicle-related anti-social behaviour on and near the Golden Mile.

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), if adopted, will prohibit anyone activities including speeding, 'doughnutting', drifts and handbrake turns, playing loud music or repeated sudden and rapid acceleration.

Insp Craig Miller, from Great Yarmouth police station, said while there had been problems dating back years on the seafront, this year

He said: 'Whilst this is a historic issue we have recently had reports of noise, abusive behaviour and careless driving and therefore fully support this order. It will not have an impact on the vast majority of motorists who attend the seafront and choose to drive in a safe and sensible manner. Instead, it will allow them to enjoy their time in Great Yarmouth without being subjected to anti-social behaviour.'

The council is holding a four-week public consultation, from now until Wednesday, September 21, to ask individuals and organisations, including statutory agencies, whether they agree or disagree with creating the order.

If the order is adopted, signage will be put up and the order will run initially for three years, followed by a review. Where someone breaks the PSPO conditions, the order would allow enforcement action to be taken by police, including PCSOs and special constables, and authorised council officers.

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The penalty would be an £80 fixed penalty notice (reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days) and/or prosecution, which could lead to a fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record.

If it is passed, the proposed PSPO would be the second created by the council as there is already an order in place to tackle anti-social behaviour related to the drinking of alcohol in public spaces.

n To read the draft order and take part in the consultation, visit Paper consultation forms are being delivered to homes and businesses within the affected area, and will also be available at the three neighbourhood offices, Town Hall reception and housing offices.