Police shut down illegal race

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Police took a zero-tolerance approach towards car enthusiasts who travelled to the county to attend an organised illegal race event at the weekend.

Following intelligence work, officers from the Safer Roads Team supported by their colleagues from the West Local Policing Area and Special Constabulary, shut down the event on the evening of Saturday, (April 10).

A total of 162 drivers were stopped and issued with Section 59 anti-social driving notices after officers witnessed vehicles racing around roundabouts on the A5 near the DIRFT rail terminal in Crick, close to junction 18 of the M1.

One driver had his vehicle seized just four days after receiving a Section 59 notice after attending another car meet in the county, while a second vehicle being driven by a provisional licence holder was also seized.

During the roadside tests, seven drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices for defective tyres – most were due to cord showing from drifting.

Two had more than one illegal tyre which meant the drivers had to arrange for their vehicles to be recovered.

While 12 drivers were issued with a fixed penalty notice for number plate offences, which included not having them displayed on their vehicles.

Finally, a 26-year-old man from Birmingham was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs and released under investigation pending blood results.

He was also reported for dangerous driving and failing to stop.