POLICE are issuing a reminder that a Public Space Protection Order is in place in Tamworth, following an unauthorised ‘car meet’ in the town.
At around 2230 BST last night (24 June) Staffordshire Police received a number of calls from concerned residents reporting around 50 vehicles gathering in Glascote Road, Marlborough Way and surrounding areas. Some were seen racing, drifting and causing obstruction, excessive noise and nuisance.
The use of a PSPO gives police and designated council officers the power to act quickly to stop anti-social gatherings of car cruisers and racers who are causing, or likely to cause, nuisance, alarm or distress to local residents and businesses.
Officers can issue immediate penalties and even seize nuisance vehicles. Offenders could receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 or face prosecution resulting in a fine of up to £1,000.
The current PSPO in relation to ‘car cruising’ came in to force on 1 May 2016 and lasts until 30 April 2022 and covers all public highways, car parks and all other land to which the public has access in the Borough of Tamworth.
Under the terms and restrictions of the Public Spaces Protection Order, the following is prohibited:
a). Engaging in, promoting, encouraging or assisting in the carrying out of any car cruising * event in or on public highways, car parks and all other land to which the public has access in the Borough of Tamworth and is causing or likely to cause:
- Excessive noise
- Danger to other road users (including pedestrians)
- Damage or risk of damage to private property
- Any nuisance to another person not participating in the car cruise
*For the order, ‘car cruising’ is classed as: ‘A congregation of the drivers of 2 or more motor vehicles (including motorcycles) on the highway or at any place to which the public have access and performs any of the following activities;’
- Driving at excessive speed
- Driving in convoy
- Racing other motor vehicles
- Sounding horns or playing radios
- dropping litter
- shouting or swearing at, or abusing, threatening or otherwise intimidating (including by the use of sexual language or making sexual suggestions) another person,
b). Congregating or loitering as part of a group around (or in) one or more stationary vehicles at any time where such activity causes or is likely to cause noise, harassment, alarm or distress.
c). Engaging in, promoting, encouraging or assisting in activities of ‘doughnutting’, drifting or other vehicle-related nuisance causing or likely to cause danger to the public
d). Causing or permitting excessive amplified music or other noise from vehicles such as to cause or be likely to cause alarm, harassment or distress as a result of a gathering in or around one or more vehicles on any public road or land to which the public has access in Tamworth
e). Undertaking on-going vehicle repairs or renovation or store unroadworthy vehicles or those declared SORN on publically accessible car parks or highways likely to cause a danger or nuisance to the public except in the course of their own business on their own land or with the express permission of Tamworth Borough Council or relevant landowner
Chief Inspector Paul Talbot said, “These type of events undoubtedly cause a significant risk of harm to members of the public and also those participating.
“We will not tolerate this type of nuisance and dangerous behaviour and we are determined to take action against offenders to keep our roads and community safe.”
You can also report information about crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
Details of all the current Public Space Protection Orders in Tamworth can be found here.