A JUDGE has banned so-called car cruising events in North Warwickshire borough.
In the injunction, street cruising is defined as: ‘Two or more drivers or motor vehicles on a public highway or any place the public have access to, making excessive noise, posing a danger to other road users, damaging or being at risk of damaging private property, littering, or being a nuisance to another person’.
The injunction was applied for by Warwickshire Police and North Warwickshire Borough Council following incidents of antisocial behaviour and collisions linked to the gatherings over the past few years.
People taking part in them can now be arrested, sent to prison and have their car seized.
The injunction came into effect on Friday 3 August and lasts for three years.
The application was submitted to cover the whole of North Warwickshire in order to avoid the possibility of drivers relocating to another nearby area.
Sergeant Neil Pearsall from the North Warwickshire Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We welcome the injunction, and I want to make it clear to anyone considering taking part in such activities that we are acting upon it.
“This is a great example of partnership working between Warwickshire Police and North Warwickshire Borough Council, and how effective it can be to tackle ongoing local issues.
“I would like to reassure our local communities, particularly those in Polesworth, Bassetts Pole and Coleshill, where there have previously been issues with car cruising, that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated, and offenders will face real consequences.”