Birmingham & Black Country

Castle Vale new car cruising injunction granted

A new injunction to help stop "car cruises" in a part of Birmingham has been granted to police and the city council.

The two-year extension covers Castle Vale and the surrounding area in the city overnight between 19:00 and 07:00 until 22 September 2013.

Drivers and passengers are banned from causing excessive noise and danger to other road users.

Those who are found to be in breach of the injunction could be imprisoned.

West Midlands Police say 112 drivers have been handed banning orders since the legal measure was first introduced in September 2010.

It operates within the boundaries of Tyburn Road, Washwood Heath Road and Coleshill Road and prevents drivers from speeding, driving in convoy, racing other vehicles and performing stunts.

It also covers anti-social behaviour such as dropping litter, swearing and intimidating others.

'Serious concerns'

Acting Supt Richard Youds said: "The initial injunction and now the two-year extension were both made possible by the strength of the information submitted by the local community.

"Across the force we have seen a 50% reduction in calls from the public reporting this issue and we will continue to reduce the criminal and safety issues that can be associated with these gatherings.

"In a recent gathering we reported two drivers for dangerous driving and issued three fixed penalty notices for motoring offences.

"So although we are seeing big improvements this will not affect our stance against the minority of motorists who continue to commit offences."

Councillor Ayoub Khan added that it was important the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership had secured the injunction with police to show local residents that "we treat their concerns seriously and that we do our very best to respond to them".

"The action taken over the past year sends out an important message to those who choose to break the law - anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Birmingham and action will be taken against those who cause misery to others."

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