Boy racers making life hell for Southam residents - The Leamington Observer

Boy racers making life hell for Southam residents

Leamington Editorial 11th Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

BOY racers are using the streets of Southam as a racetrack at night.

And residents fear it is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident unless action is taken.

The roar of cars racing around the town centre and along the bypass has become regular sound during evenings – prompting a flood of complaints and concerns on social media.

One resident said: “I hear the noisy cars flying past most days – it’s normally at night or on the weekends.

“I am terrified someone is going to get hit and at these speeds they wouldn’t stand a chance.

“Every time I hear someone bombing up the road my stomach lurches.”

Another resident said the antics of the mostly young men were childish, and was surprised someone had not already been hurt.

Police have stepped up their presence in a bid to tackle the problem, and the force helicopter has also been seen in the skies over the town.

Insp Julia Brealey of Warwickshire Police said: “Police officers continue to provide an appropriate and proportionate response to any reports of anti social behaviour or dangerous driving in the area.

“Any reports of vehicle offences are taken very seriously and local officers have the support of specially trained drivers and traffic officers of the Operational Policing Unit where necessary.

“We will continue to conduct speed checks and engage with drivers in the area and are dedicated to identifying and dealing with anyone found to be committing road traffic offences.”

Any incidents of driving or anti social behaviour on the roads should be reported to the police by calling 101.

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