Ashfield Police teamed up with Ashfield District Council Community Protection Team and carried out a night of action against car cruising on the M1 at Junction 27 due to the implementation of the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).
The issue has been a major problem for a number of years and the police have been working with Ashfield District and Nottinghamshire County councils as well as other community safety partners. As a result an injunction was put in place in 2015 and a PSPO replaced the injunction in May this year .
The new PSPO means officers will be able to step up their multi-agency operations by issuing on the spot fixed penalty notices or taking drivers directly to court if they take part in any of the car cruising activities detailed in the order.
Police Sergeant Carl Holland said: "We’ve carried out a large number of ‘night of actions’ now with fantastic results which include 82 First stage injunction warnings and two vehicle seizures last summer. It was really good to put these new powers to use and we did actually issue three fixed penalty notices for driving offences, which I consider a good result. It also reduced the amount of calls we get about issues at J27 to almost none as well as improving the road safety for legitimate road users as they are not having to dodge cars racing each other or vehicle’s congregating to watch this”
Last night’s event (Sunday 20 May 2018) ran from 7pm to midnight and also resulted in 3 Fixed penalty notices being issued for breaching the Public Spaces Protection Order. The FPN’s are for £100
Councilor Christian Chapman, Portfolio Holder for Crime Prevention and Community Safety said “It is great to see the PSPO working in practice. Car Cruising in these areas has been a significant problem for a number of years, and issuing these notices demonstrates to the public that we are serious about tackling this problem and that their behaviour will not be tolerated. The Council will continue to work closely with the Police to ensure that the area remains a safe one for drivers.”
PS Holland said: “We continue to work with our partners to establish a long term solution but these extra powers will really make a difference in the meantime. We’ll also keep running these events sporadically but regularly so that we catch these offenders off guard. I employ people do not use J27 as a race track. It is illegal and dangerous”
“Car cruising causes problems for people who live nearby and it also puts lives at risk.”