Council To Put A Ban On ‘Fast and Furious’ Streets Of Stoke

Tue 5th Jan 2021

Scenes reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto might be disappearing from the urban areas of some of the UK’s biggest cities after another major council announced that they were monitoring incidents of illegal street racing.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council have announced measures which will hopefully kerb the use of supermarket car parks for gatherings and illegal races, with staff expected to put together witness statements and provide CCTV footage to help investigate the issue, according to a report in Autocar.

The move follows similar incidents in Birmingham, which earned the tag of the UK’s ‘street racing capital’ before a High Court ban on the gatherings in 2016. Despite the ban, the local newspaper in Birmingham reported that street racers had returned during COVID lockdown and were causing a nuisance across the city.

“Street racing and anti-social vehicle gatherings are a nuisance and a danger for our communities, and we take the issue incredibly seriously,” a West Midlands Police spokesman told Autocar.

“We receive regular complaints from members of the public about car cruising, which can attract hundreds of cars and spectators, and we have a number of injunctions in place on key arterial routes across the West Midlands.

“At this time especially, it's not just the motorists that are a hazard but the spectators too, as large gatherings only increase the risk of spreading Covid-19.”