Police ticket 160 illegal street racers during late-night swoop in Northamptonshire

Drivers using DIRFT roads face hefty fines after reports of anti-social behaviour

Sunday, 11th April 2021, 12:19 pm
Updated Sunday, 11th April 2021, 4:01 pm

Police pulled up around 160 vehicles during a late-night swoop on illegal street racing in Northamptonshire.

Officers from the county's Safer Roads Team and Interceptor squad descended on roads around the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal late on Saturday night following reports of pimped-up vehicles causing a nuisance in the area.

PC Dave Lee, from the Safer Roads Team, said: "This was a joint operation with the Interceptors, working together to tackle ongoing issues with illegal street racing and anti-social behaviour.

Police swooped on illegal street racers at DIRFT on Saturday night. Photo: @Northants_RPU
Police swooped on illegal street racers at DIRFT on Saturday night. Photo: @Northants_RPU

Over 160 vehicles were stopped and processed for varying degrees of offences.

"Some people regard this kind of vehicle use as harmless fun but street racing is illegal using any kind of vehicle on a public road.

"It is extremely dangerous as it can involve high speeds putting other road users and members of the public at risk.

"Dangerous or reckless use of a vehicle can lead to criminal damage of roads, other vehicles and surrounding property.

"Drivers and riders also risk injuring themselves and other road users as they do not have full control of their vehicle and their full attention on their surroundings."