Birmingham & Black Country

Crackdown on street racing in Sandwell

A clamp-down on so-called "boy racers" is to take place in parts of the West Midlands.

Police will be focussing a number of their patrols at sites in Sandwell over the coming weeks.

Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley councils have a court injunction in force banning car cruising.

Labour leader of Sandwell council Darren Cooper said ordinary roads were "not designed for it" and hopefully people would "get the message".

He said: "Some people might think we're being kill-joys on this, but if you want to race your car, then go and do it on a private piece of land where nobody can get hurt.

"Or even go and do it on a race track which is properly equipped to accommodate this kind of high-speed cruising around."

Mr Cooper added that the "constant nuisance" to residents who were having to put up with speeding cars and loud engines was also a problem.

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