Residents' rage at boy racers

SEASIDE residents are fed up with boy racers screeching up and down their road and playing loud music.Felixstowe residents living in a seafront road have endured a summer of young men showing off their cars to each other while young girls look on.

SEASIDE residents are fed up with boy racers screeching up and down their road and playing loud music.

Felixstowe residents living in a seafront road have endured a summer of young men showing off their cars to each other while young girls look on.

The noise of revving engines, screeching tyres and loud music coming from the cars has brought worry and despair to a number of the resort's residents.

And they are afraid of confronting the people who keep them awake at night for fear their homes and cars will be vandalised.

An elderly couple living in Sea Road said they were often scared of what was happening outside their home as the cars screeched past.

The female resident said that during the summer they had to either sleep in a hot, stuffy room or had to open their windows to hear the racket made by the boy racers.

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But the woman, who has a heart complaint, is too scared to confront them, as a nearby elderly resident who had spoken to the noisy drivers, had his car window smashed, his porch urinated on and dog dirt pushed through his letterbox.

A 23-year-old Sea Road resident said: "They do not race each other, they just see who has the biggest engine. I suppose they do go fast but there is no racing as such."

He said that if he and his girlfriend were watching television at night they would have to keep the windows shut to hear the sound of the programmes.

His girlfriend also called the police once after seeing one of the young men lying on top of a car bonnet while it was being driven at around 20mph.

"Over the summer it has happened every night, they're all sat with the car doors open with their music on. The police don't seem to deter them because they can't really do anything about it."

An Ipswich barber had been fishing on the beach near Manning's Amusements between 7pm and 10pm on Thursday and throughout that time he had been disturbed by screeching car tyres as men raced each other.

The man, who did not want to be named, said: "I couldn't concentrate, I was worried about my car.

"The noise was unbelievable – the cars revving up there – they were going through the gear box like they were at Brands Hatch. I don't know how people put up with it."

The police did not have a record of any complaints on Thursday night but said that if anybody had concerns about the problem they should report it. A spokeswoman added that the police can not act unless they are made aware of the problem.

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