Call to crack down on boy racers in Chatteris

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A retired police officer who fears his grandchildren may be harmed by Fast and Furious style drivers has welcomed enforcement action.

David Brown was concerned nothing was being done to tackle street racers and stunt drivers wreaking havoc in Chatteris.

He said “mindless” boy racers were driving at speeds of up to 70mph in a 30mph limit before drifting round corners, a high-speed racing technique as seen in The Fast and The Furious films.

Mr Brown said the drivers speed down Wenny Road, before drifting into East Park Street – near Chatteris police station – before speeding along Wood Street, where his grandson, 2, and granddaughter, 4, live with his daughter and her partner.

“They (the drivers) are drifting like race cars and taking blind bends,” he said.

“I’m petrified one of my grandchildren will get hit. It is only a matter of time before someone is killed.”

But police have revealed that the force is cracking down on the problem following a number of complaints from local residents.

In the last couple of weeks, officers have stopped a number of cars in the areas and issued 13 Fixed Penalty Notices to the drivers concerned. Three uninsured vehicles have also been seized.

A police spokesman said: “We are aware of the issues and have allocated additional resources to tackle these issues and respond to local concerns. Enforcement action has been positive.”

Mr Brown, a retired Essex police officer, said he was pleased action was finally being taken.

He said: “It’s been going on for weeks. My daughter and her partner had complained to police.I’m pleased hear something is being about it.”