Boyracers could close car park

BOY racers tearing around a Needham Market car park are plaguing the lives of residents with loud music and handbrake turns.Council officials are considering closing the public facility, in Hurstlea Road, during "problem hours" in a bid to curb the problem.

BOY racers tearing around a Needham Market car park are plaguing the lives of residents with loud music and handbrake turns.

Council officials are considering closing the public facility, in Hurstlea Road, during "problem hours" in a bid to curb the problem.

These moves have been backed by the town's community police officer, Paul Elding.

He said: "To be fair to them they're not all bad but one or two are doing silly things with their vehicles and screaming about the car park, which is messing it up for everyone else.


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"It does need some sort of obstruction to stop people going in there at night."

Toni Digby, a neighbourhood watch co-ordinator in the nearby Gilbert Close, has approached Pc Elding about the issue.

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She said: "It's a problem for the residents in the area.

"They're racing around, doing wheelies, playing loud music and doing hand brake skids. It's not every night but it's a problem."

Another Gilbert Close resident, who declined to be named, said as many as eight vehicles sometimes congregate in the area, causing a general nuisance.

"It can sometimes be as late as 1am when they're out there playing music. They race around the car park and my wife is worried they will lose control and come through our back fence.

"It doesn't really need to be open at night as there's adequate space elsewhere so I think a gate would help," he said.

The matter is due to be discussed at a meeting of Mid Suffolk district council on Thursday.

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