Police to come down hard on boy racers who cause misery

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POLICE have vowed to put the brakes on boy racers who are continuing to drive locals round the bend.

And they have vowed to put a stop to those who persist on using the Common Haugh as a “skid pan” and rubbish dump.

A number of complaints have been received about young motorists using the town’s roads as a race track while playing booming loud music from their vehicles.

But Inspector Paula Clark (pictured) told the Hawick News this week their friendly approach was now over, and offenders would now feel the full force of the law.

She said: “In relation to young drivers we have done a lot of work in the past in terms of education because quite a bit of misery is being caused by the boy racer element.

“Because that seems to be being ignored by some, we’re moving quite strongly towards enforcement and already young drivers have been dealt with.

“As far as I’m concerned we will continue to do that.”

Meanwhile, concerns have been raised by the amount of rubbish dumped in the Haugh by young motorists frequenting the area at night. One council worker, who did not wish to be named, said: “There’s rubbish there every morning. I’m not slagging off the council workers because they do their best but it’s there every single day.

“Youngsters in their cars are having a whale of a time and they’re just throwing their rubbish out the car when they’re done.

“There’s cans, crisp pokes and even bottles of Buckfast.”

Inspector Clark revealed the police would be working closely with the SB Wardens to monitor the area and carry out regular patrols.

Councillor Stuart Marshall said it was high time the problem of boy racers was addressed and slammed those responsible for littering the Haugh.

“I’m seriously worried that the Haugh is becoming a skid pan,” he said.

“It won’t be long until somebody gets hurt and, on top of that, there is this litter problem.

“It is a wholly irresponsible way of handling a car and of disposing of rubbish.”