Police get tough on Keighley retail park boy racers

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Police get tough on Keighley retail park boy racers Police get tough on Keighley retail park boy racers

After-dark boy racers have been driven out of Keighley Retail Park in a police clampdown.

Officers in the town’s Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team acted after a large number of complaints of aggressive driving by abusive young men.

One vehicle has been seized after the driver was found to have no insurance, eight were searched for drugs and two owners were fined for illegal registration plates in the car park behind the McDonald’s and KFC restaurants.

Two other owners were also warned their cars would be seized if they were used in an anti-social way in the next year.

The Keighley NPT’s website states: “Over a period of time, the police received a large number of calls in relation to the retail park, which included vehicles racing around the car park, abuse to staff and causing a general nuisance to the surrounding community.

“PC Newnham and PCSO Wardle tackled the problem by increasing patrols in the area and issuing the following: two Section 59 warnings issued to the driver and the vehicle and results in them having their vehicle seized if caught acting in an anti-social manner within a 12 month period.

“Two fixed-penalty Notices for illegal number plates. One reported for no insurance and had their car seized.

“One reported for no driving licence, one reported for no tax, one cannabis warning issued and eight vehicle searches for drug offences.

“As a result the staff and landlord of the retail park have reported a significant reduction in relation to anti-social behaviour.

“Local Safer Neighbourhood Police will continue to monitor this situation and issue warnings and notices where necessary.”

Praising the work of her officers, Inspector Diane Collins, of the Keighley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Keighley and we hope that the action we have taken demonstrates that we take it very seriously.

“We’re pleased at the significant reduction in calls regarding anti-social behaviour at the retail park and will continue to work with our partners and the local community to monitor the situation.

“We would also urge anyone who experiences anti-social behaviour to contact their local policing team on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.”

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7:06am Wed 26 Feb 14

Albion. says...

Well done. It seems strange how the police seem to find it essential to publicise a lot of these seemingly every day routine jobs though.
Well done. It seems strange how the police seem to find it essential to publicise a lot of these seemingly every day routine jobs though. Albion.
  • Score: 9

8:55am Wed 26 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

Albion. wrote:
Well done. It seems strange how the police seem to find it essential to publicise a lot of these seemingly every day routine jobs though.
I agree they are appearing insecure, I wonder why.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Well done. It seems strange how the police seem to find it essential to publicise a lot of these seemingly every day routine jobs though.[/p][/quote]I agree they are appearing insecure, I wonder why. alive and awake
  • Score: 5

12:42pm Wed 26 Feb 14

johnh1 says...

I would be more impressed if this was done after the first few complaints

Overall they they do a great job.
I would be more impressed if this was done after the first few complaints Overall they they do a great job. johnh1
  • Score: 4

1:11pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Mixter says...

Its time the car-seizure thing was extended past 'no insurance'. Carrying drugs in one should also see it crushed (or sold off if its worth owt), along with no licence. This would have a dramatic effect on congestion in towns all over the place.
Its time the car-seizure thing was extended past 'no insurance'. Carrying drugs in one should also see it crushed (or sold off if its worth owt), along with no licence. This would have a dramatic effect on congestion in towns all over the place. Mixter
  • Score: 9

8:10am Thu 27 Feb 14

food_for_thought says...

Albion. wrote:
Well done. It seems strange how the police seem to find it essential to publicise a lot of these seemingly every day routine jobs though.
The point is that WYP have woken up to the fact that you never get credit for doing a good job unless people know you're doing a good job! As you will know from reading the comments on here on similar stories, the vast majority of people know better than the police what should be done and how to do it. The only way to counteract ignorance is through information and education - shame that scarce police resources have to go on producing PR copy - but it's a just the way things are today.

The greatest shame, howvever, is that so much of their efforts are wasted because of our toothless justice system!
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Well done. It seems strange how the police seem to find it essential to publicise a lot of these seemingly every day routine jobs though.[/p][/quote]The point is that WYP have woken up to the fact that you never get credit for doing a good job unless people know you're doing a good job! As you will know from reading the comments on here on similar stories, the vast majority of people know better than the police what should be done and how to do it. The only way to counteract ignorance is through information and education - shame that scarce police resources have to go on producing PR copy - but it's a just the way things are today. The greatest shame, howvever, is that so much of their efforts are wasted because of our toothless justice system! food_for_thought
  • Score: 1

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