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Force and local council thank member of public following successful car cruising operation

February 11, 2020
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Ashfield District Council and Nottinghamshire Police would like to thank the Ashfield community following a successful car cruising operation.

Officers in Ashfield have seen positive results after an operation to tackle car cruising around junction 27 of the M1, where a number of fixed penalty notices and warnings have been issued since December 2019.

Car cruising is when drivers meet in public places, either to show off their vehicles, race or persistently remain in that location. Dangerous driving also often occurs. This can also attract large crowds which causes antisocial behaviour.

The operation was in response to concerns from local people about issues in their area.

Officers have engaged with drivers to issue warnings and explain that anybody returning for the purpose of car cruising would be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Sergeant Jim Flint said: “Nottinghamshire Police is committed to road safety and reducing antisocial behaviour which affects other road users, local residents and businesses. Everyone should feel safe using public roads.

“As a neighbourhood policing team we prioritise our efforts on the issues which are causing the most concern to the local community.

“Although it may not be the aim of everybody attending to cause anti-social behaviour, it has been an unintended consequence over the years.

“The cumulative effect of a large number of vehicles gathering on public roads does cause a nuisance to the general public.

“When some people decide to take it further by driving dangerously this makes it even worse. It's safe to say the local community has had enough and that was why Ashfield District Council obtained a Public Spaces Protection Order to prevent it.

“The operation started in December 2019 and we’ve had some really successful results so far. I’m pleased that we have been able to tackle this issue with such good results and would encourage members of the community to continue telling us about the things which matter to them.

“Once again, thank you to the vast majority of people for understanding what we're doing and why we're doing it. Thank you for your continued support going forward.

“For those who may be tempted to come back please be assured there will be a police presence, it may not be visible, and you will be dealt with under the Public Spaces Prevention Order.

“This comprises a fixed penalty notice of £100 for anyone attending the area for the purpose of cruising. It doesn't just cover drivers, but also passengers and spectators. “

Cllr Daniel Williamson, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said “Ashfield District Council has been working closely with the police to tackle the ongoing issues at Junc 27. Car cruising is dangerous, not just for those involved but members of the public using the roads safely.  “The PSPO in place needs to act as a warning to those that think its ok to act in this anti-social way, we will not tolerate lives being put at risk and fixed penalty notices will be issued to those caught.

“The Council and police are committed to ensuring that car cruising does not become an issue within the District.”

You can find details of the order here: https://www.ashfield.gov.uk/residents/community-safety/pspo/

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