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Safety fears over anti-social driving on Moreton Hall estate




Boy racers driving dangerously on a Bury St Edmunds estate could end up killing someone, it is feared.

A group are meeting on the Moreton Hall estate and driving in an anti-social manner at weekends
A group are meeting on the Moreton Hall estate and driving in an anti-social manner at weekends

A plea has been issued for Moreton Hall residents to report anti-social driving incidents to police, in the hope it will enable resources to be targeted on the estate.

A recent escalation in the long-standing problem has seen motorists gather most Friday and Saturday nights and drive in an anti-social manner, racing each other along estate roads and causing sleepless nights for residents.

Moreton Hall councillor Peter Thompson said the group had painted start and finish lines for a makeshift racetrack in Lady Miriam Way.

At the weekend, residents living a mile away reported hearing the noise.

“It has gone beyond being an irritation,” said Cllr Thompson.

“They are aware of the impact they are having on residents and they just don’t care. Residents are telling me they are driving in such a way someone will get killed at some point.”

Cllr Thompson said Suffolk Police seemed to be taking the matter seriously, but urged residents to report all incidents.

“If someone can go on Facebook to complain they can fill in a form on the Suffolk Police website or call 101,” he said.

“The police need everyone’s help. I keep saying the same thing: even if it’s the next day we all need to report it.

“The over-arching thing is that when this was a problem last year a lot of people were upset about the noise. This year the main message isn’t about the noise, it is about safety.”

Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk, said: "Last year there was a very successful crackdown on loutish behaviour by these people. I know there are operations in place to catch the culprits and deal with them."

He added they could 'expect to be punished severely'.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said there had been a recent escalation in reports of anti-social driving on the estate.

“Speeding remains a priority and we will take robust action against those found driving dangerously, carelessly or excessively,” he said, adding two community protection orders and traffic offence reports had already been issued.

“Increased targeted patrols are taking place and police are working with partners to reduce anti-social driving in the area,” he said.

- Report incidents online at www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime or call 101.



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