Protection order gives new powers to tackle Castle Donington car cruises

Published: Wed 9 June, 2021

A new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) will give council officers the power to issue fines of up to £100 at car cruise gatherings in Castle Donington.

Working closely with Leicestershire Police, North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) Cabinet approved the measures last night (Tuesday 8 June) to enhance their ability to prevent the criminal activity and anti-social behaviour associated with the car cruises.

The regular gatherings – usually taking place in the evenings and into the night on Sundays – have had a negative impact on the local community as between 10 and 150 vehicles gather, along with spectators.

Public complaints received by the council often relate to:

  • Noise disturbing from loud engines, racing and music
  • Littering and damage to roads and street furniture
  • Blocking of public roads
  • Dangerous driving.

A consultation with local residents received 189 responses with 94% backing the plans for a PSPO.

Businesses have been affected by the gatherings. Company logistics operations have been disrupted by the presence of racing cars which have restricted access and egress of goods vehicles to 24hr warehouses.

Leicestershire Police has often broken up the car cruises and has issued Covid-related fines during recent lockdowns.

However, the new PSPO gives council officers the power to issue fixed penalty notices of up to £100 to anyone that meets the following criteria:

  • Any person participating in a car cruise
  • Any person congregating for the purpose of being a spectator at a car cruise
  • Any person allowing a vehicle, for which they are the registered keeper, to be used in a car cruise within a specified area within Castle Donington.

Repeat offenders could also now be taken to court.

Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “These car cruises and the anti-social behaviour that comes with them have been having a detrimental effect on the local community in Castle Donington.

“The police have worked hard to bring the issue under control, but we needed a stronger deterrent and the option of using council officers to tackle the issue further.

“Fines and court action are always a last resort but we’re now at this stage for these car cruises and our public consultation clearly shows the residents of Castle Donington are with us on this one.”

North West Leicestershire NPA Commander, Inspector Richard Jackson, said: “The local authority, community and police have worked tirelessly on tackling this issue. These type of events can involve reckless and dangerous driving and cause a significant risk of harm to members of the public and also those participating.

The message is clear, we will not tolerate this type of nuisance and dangerous behaviour and we are determined to take action against offenders to keep our roads and community safe”.

Anyone with any concerns or information can contact Leicestershire Police by calling 101, via their website www.leics.police.uk or via their Facebook or Twitter pages.

You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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