Video: Police hunt YouTube driver

SUFFOLK Police have warned that action will be taken if a motorist captured on video driving dangerously round a car park is found.

Richard Smith

SUFFOLK Police have warned that action will be taken if a motorist captured on video driving dangerously round a car park is found.

A video lasting just over a minute has been posted on the YouTube internet site showing a driver skidding all over a car park at Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich.

The film was made in the early summer at night when the car park, used by customers for Seapets, Glasswells and other stores, was empty.

It is obvious from the video that the car is making a lot of noise and at times the vehicle is almost covered in smoke from the burning rubber on the tyres.

The “boy racers” almost collide with a lamp post in the centre of the car park and during the film the passenger gesticulates as his friend performs “drifting” antics.

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Chris Ling, who runs Lings Garden Store adjacent to the car park, said: “When you come into work you can see that a car has been skidding all over the car park from all the rubber marks left the night before.

“It has been going on for a fair time, although it is not every night.

“There is a safety angle here, the safety of the occupants of the car, the buildings and any other pedestrians in the car park and here is an accident waiting to happen.

“Having cars tearing over the car park surface is not good for the surface and bills could land on the doorstep of tenants from the landowner for any repairs that could ensue.”

John Kelso, a Martlesham district councillor, has called for security measures to be taken to stop drivers using the car park after shops have closed and he will discuss the problems with Suffolk police and the landowner.

Cllr Kelso said: “Hopefully, the police may be able to get the registration number from the video and take some action.

“I shall make enquiries with the landowner to see if it may be possible to provide locked gates at this location to discourage these dangerous and noisy antics.”

Richard Wright, a police officer with the Safer Neighbourhood Team, has monitored the car park to try and stop any similar antics.

Pc Wright said: “Driving cars around car parks in this manner is dangerous and unacceptable and will not be tolerated. It could result in vehicles being seized and court action for drivers.

“Posting videos such as this is irresponsible and unwelcomed by local residents and I would welcome any information regarding the identity of this driver.”

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