'Car cruising' banned with injunction in Nottinghamshire

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Media captionThe injunction bans "drifting", which means driving sideways around traffic islands

An injunction aimed at stopping so-called "car cruising" at three sites in Nottinghamshire has come into force.

People who take part or even watch the gatherings could be fined or jailed for being in contempt of court.

Car cruising has been described as a genuine subculture, but the council said the noise disturbed residents.

The injunction applies to Chilwell Retail Park, Victoria Retail Park in Netherfield, and the area around junction 27 of the M1.

A similar ban was brought in across the Black Country last year.

Nottinghamshire County Council secured its injunction with the support of Nottinghamshire Police.

Councillor Alice Grice, vice-chair of the council's community safety committee, said: "Car cruising is anti-social for nearby residents and businesses and dangerous for those taking part and other road-users."

An injunction has been in place at Victoria Retail Park since March 2012.

The council said up to 200 vehicles and spectators were known to congregate for regular Sunday night gatherings before the injunction was put in place.

The council gathered evidence from YouTube, where people posted videos online.

The new order will be in place until 16 January 2018, and bans actions including racing, riding in convoy, driving at excessive speed, and watching or filming car cruising activity.

It also bans "drifting", which means driving sideways around traffic islands.

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