Drive to tackle nuisance cars

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POLICE say steps are 
being taken to tackle anti-social drivers plaguing a Daventry estate.

Officers also want more information from the public so they can track down and deal with those responsible.

People living on Middlemore have complained about cars being driven antisocially around their estate – they have been woken up by loud exhausts, revved engines, and speeding cars late at night.

Mandy Trivett, who lives on Middlemore, said: “It’s late at night and early in the morning. There’s loud exhausts and a motorbike as well which keep us awake. It was a really quiet estate when we moved in, but now it’s ridiculous.”

The community website for the estate also has a list of complaints.

Insp Paul Valentine, head of Daventry’s safer community team, said: “PCs Gary Dolman and Jo Barlow are working on this with Claire Smith from DDC.

“We take this type of thing seriously and we are collecting evidence.

“We want to thank residents for their continuing support but also we appeal to them for more information on these problems. We want more information from people who are affected by anti-social or dangerous driving.

“We will be out on the 
estate with radar guns monitoring vehicles’ speeds, and we will be looking at the intelligence coming in to guide us, but we need that information in the first place to act upon.

“We know this is a concern and we’re on top of it and doing something about it – we want local people’s support.”

Insp Valentine said the best way to report problems is directly to the police on 101, but people can also talk anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Insp Valentine said: “We had a number of reports around January and then they died off. Recently it’s started up again.

“We’ve now set up an antisocial behaviour log for this. I’ve asked to be kept informed about any developments and we will be reviewing the recent reports as well, but we still need more information.

“We do have the power to seize motors being driven dangerously or carelessly and in an anti-social manner, and then the owner has to pay a not inconsiderable amount to get them released.

“That also gives us the right of access, so the vehicle doesn’t have to be on a drive – we can go into someone’s garage, at anytime, to get it.

“But what we are keen to do is get enough evidence together to bring charges for substantial offences.

“It is a crime to drive dangerously or carelessly, not just anti-social. We want people to come forward and give us statements that we can use in court to bring these prosecutions.”