PEOPLE are sick of the town’s so-called boy racers and want to see them brought under control.
That was the message at a meeting of Teviot and Liddesdale Area Committee on Tuesday night, where police and local councillors were united in their wish to clampdown on speeding young cruisers.
Often fitted with loud exhausts and modified body kits, it was heard that such vehicles are currently being targeted by local road policing officers.
Inspector Paula Clark explained: “I am aware of concerns regarding boy racers in parts of the town and I can confirm that road policing officers will be enforcing road traffic legislation and issuing warnings under antisocial behaviour legislation.
“Only on Monday night one such boy racer was issued with an immediate prohibition and his vehicle put off-road until the issue is rectified. This work, along with targeting areas of concern regarding speeding, will continue.”
This news was warmly welcomed by the committee, with Councillor Stuart Marshall confirming that local residents feel threatened by the car fanatics.
He stated: “I am very glad to hear that you are targeting boy racers because it is certainly a problem. I have taken six or seven calls from residents in Princes Street concerned by the speed some of these boys are going, and also one or two in Burnfoot Road. It’s only a matter of time before there’s a serious accident.” Councillor Ron Smith agreed that the issue was certainly a concern, admitting: “Since the last meeting I have to admit to what was a first for me, and have taken the registration number of one such boy racer and passed it on to the police.”
And remaining on the topic of antisocial behaviour and its effects on the community, Inspector Clark revealed their aim to close in on vandals, too.
She added: “About one third of crimes reported to us relate to vandalisms. Vandalism is a crime that damages people’s quality of life and the cost of repairing damaged property is significant. It’s easy to dismiss it as a minor offence, but it has a big impact on neighbourhoods.”
Although stressing that it is often difficult to catch those responsible, the police boss revealed plans to introduce a new initiative to deal with the vandals. But added: “We receive very little information regarding vandals and I would urge anyone to contact us if they can help us at all.”
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