Nottingham

Injunction aims to stop Nottingham car cruisers

An injunction is to be used to stop dozens of motorists congregating in a Nottingham retail park.

More than 200 car cruisers - who gather to show their customised vehicles - have been seen at Victoria Retail Park, in Netherfield, usually on Sundays.

Police and council officials said the noise and congestion were a problem for residents and businesses, while reckless driving posed a safety threat.

The injunction will ban the meetings and will be backed by police patrols.

The ban will cover an area from Burton Joyce down to Colwick and will run until December 2014.

Police said it would be enforced with increased patrols, CCTV and automatic number plate recognition cameras.

The injunction has been obtained by the South Nottinghamshire Community Safety Partnership, which includes Gedling Borough Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Police.

'Reckless and dangerous'

Michael Payne, from Gedling Borough Council, said: "We have received hundreds of complaints from concerned residents and businesses whose lives have been blighted week after week.

"A lot of effort and work has gone into this - to both secure this injunction and to make sure it is a success.

"But we will also be working closely with police and councils in other districts and counties to offer our support to make sure that we do not simply move them on."

Det Ch Insp Andrew Hall, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: "The reckless and often dangerous manner in which some of these young motorists drive is also putting the safety of those individuals, their passengers and other road users at risk.

"Drivers and passengers will be warned about the consequences of their actions and, if they subsequently breach the warning, could face court action."

Police said they would start by warning anybody gathering at the retail park that the injunction would be in place from this Easter Sunday.

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