Boy racers return to cause chaos on Moreton Hall estate
Boy racers have returned to a Bury St Edmunds estate where they wreaked havoc less than a year ago.
The group have been reported to police by residents on the Moreton Hall estate who are being woken up in the early hours of the morning by the sound of modified car exhausts.
Residents also have safety concerns after a start and finish line was found spray-painted on one of the roads, outlining a racing route.
Councillor Peter Thompson, who represents the ward on both St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Bury St Edmunds Town Council, said the problem was worse than it was in October, when councillors first united to tackle the issue.
“The summer has brought them back and it’s a bigger problem than just a few people making mischief. It’s the same people doing it but the group is bigger than before,” he said.
“I realise that this is their hobby. I love cars but I would be mortified if I was upsetting people to the extent they are upsetting people. The impact on the community is just not acceptable.”
He added that police had to treat it as a priority to stop it becoming ‘an on and off again problem’.
“The police have been ten times better than they were in October but I still think they are far too focused on things that Moreton Hall residents don’t really care about. We pay our Council Tax so we should be getting what we want in return,” he said.
But PCSO Emily Howell said police had learned lessons from last year and were now tackling the problem head-on.
“Last year we weren’t as prepared as we would have liked and so this year we are going to work fast to deal with it and put practices into place early on,” she said.
“The issues we have are staffing on nights and being in the area at the right time. Also, details provided of the incidents have not been detailed enough for us to use anti-social behaviour legislation in these incidents.
“Hopefully, with more help we can prevent these drivers using the area, but people need to provide information to put that into place.”
She also said the group was gathering in other areas in the town centre, including the arc car park, where two vehicles were seized in the last two weeks.
Residents are encouraged to report any instances of criminal activity, anti-social behaviour or dangerous driving to the police via its online reporting tool at www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime or by phoning 999 in the case of an emergency.