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Boy racers could have cars seized

PUBLISHED: 18:40 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:38 03 July 2010

Boy racers causing trouble on Great Yarmouth's seafront could have their cars seized as part of a tough new initiative by police.

And if the so-called Jetty boys who zoom along the stretch don't pay the fee to reclaim their vehicle they could lose it forever.

Boy racers causing trouble on Great Yarmouth's seafront could have their cars seized as part of a tough new initiative by police.

And if the so-called Jetty boys who zoom along the stretch don't pay the fee to reclaim their vehicle they could lose it forever.

The tough stance is part of a new scheme which will be launched in the resort on Sunday. Police will be on the seafront handing out postcard-sized leaflets to boy racers which say how their actions could affect other drivers and local residents.

The cards warn that cars will be seized if police catch drivers causing a nuisance.

It comes after residents on South Beach Parade complained again to the South Yarmouth Safer Neighbourhood Team about the engine revving and the pounding of loud music that makes warm summer nights something to dread rather than cherish.

Supt Jim Smerdon said: “A small number of people cause considerable noise and distress to local residents. Over this weekend we intend to make these people aware that this behaviour causes distress, after that we intend to enforce the legislation as this type of behaviour is unacceptable.”

He said drivers whose cars were seized would have to pay more than £100 to reclaim their vehicles and if they failed to pay up the car would be forfeited.

Supt Smerdon added that police would also be checking vehicles for modifications which made drivers' insurance invalid.

Yarmouth's seafront has always been a meeting point for car enthusiasts who spend thousands kitting out their cars with top-of-the- range sound systems, lights, alloys and exhausts.

Focal points in recent years include the Jetty on Marine Parade and South Beach Parade and over the past five years police have carried out a number of initiatives, including an organised cruise event, that have helped reduce the problem.

Officers from the SNT and road policing unit will hit the seafront on Sunday night to launch the scheme which is being supported by Norfolk County Council and Yarmouth Borough Council.


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