Wheels to be taken off racers

BOY racers waking up residents at 2am by doing hand-brake turns could have their cars confiscated if their behaviour continues, police warned today.Householders in Cliff Road, Old Felixstowe, say they are regularly woken by cars racing on to the grass opposite homes at the Clifflands car park, revving engines and doing spins and turns.

BOY racers waking up residents at 2am by doing hand-brake turns could have their cars confiscated if their behaviour continues, police warned today.

Householders in Cliff Road, Old Felixstowe, say they are regularly woken by cars racing on to the grass opposite homes at the Clifflands car park, revving engines and doing spins and turns.

They have complained to the police - and officers have asked the residents to help them catch the drivers so action can be taken.

Felixstowe police commander Neal Atwell said often the cars only spent a short time at the site and were gone before officers could be alerted and attend.

“What we are asking residents to do is to take a note of the index number of the cars and make a note of their behaviour - what the cars were doing at the time,” he said.

“If they are then prepared to stand by that information, I contact the car driver and tell them that if they are seen doing it again then their vehicle will be confiscated.

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“This is anti-social behaviour in a vehicle.”

Insp Atwell said the drivers were often from Ipswich and did take heed of the message about running the risk of losing their cars.

“I say to them they are very welcome to come to Felixstowe, to park and enjoy the town - but not to behave that way in their cars. They don't want to lose their vehicles and we rarely see the same cars doing it twice,” he added.

One Cliff Road resident said: “Several of us have been woken up by these cars roaring around, but it is so dark up here at night it's difficult to see the index numbers.

“I should think the council will be very concerned at the state of the grass from these antics.”

Cars confiscated cost the owners more than £100 plus £12 a day storage for their return. Police have already used such measures against youngsters causing problems on the main seafront.

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