Cars seized in boy racer crackdown

POLICE in Felixstowe have seized two cars as part of a clampdown on boy racers causing annoyance to residents.Officers were called to the Clifflands car park in Cliff Road, Old Felixstowe, after householders spotted the cars being driven recklessly, churning up grassed areas.

POLICE in Felixstowe have seized two cars as part of a clampdown on boy racers causing annoyance to residents.

Officers were called to the Clifflands car park in Cliff Road, Old Felixstowe, after householders spotted the cars being driven recklessly, churning up grassed areas.

It is not the first time such complaints have been made and residents living opposite say there have been problems for the past year with the site being used as a regular gathering place for boy racers

Police said they received reports of anti-social behaviour activity at about 9pm last Sunday.

“Officers attended and seized two vehicles - a Ford Escort and a Vauxhall Cavalier - which had already been made subject of section 59 orders under the Police Reform Act 2002,” a police spokeswoman said.

“Police are increasingly using these powers, which allow officers to seize vehicles after a first warning is given.

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“Once a vehicle has been seized it costs the owner or driver to get the vehicle back.

“Registration, insurance and identification documents must be presented to claim the vehicle and if the fine has not been paid and vehicle collected after 21 days police can dispose of it.”

Residents say the boy racers have been causing damage to the car park as well as unease and disturbance.

“It seems that when the police get to grips with them on the seafront at the other end of the town, they turn up here instead,” said one Cliff Road resident.

“They race round and round the car park doing hand-brake turns and really ruining it.

“We are so glad the police have taken this action but we will still report any similar incidents.”

What do you think of the police action to seize cars? Has your car been seized? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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