POLICE officers have joined forces with drivers in a bid to find a solution to problems of anti-social road use in the Ashington area.
The ultimate aim is to find a suitable location for drivers of modified and performance cars to meet up and pursue their interests – without causing a nuisance for members of the public.
It follows complaints from local residents about anti-social behaviour involving drivers racing through car parks, loud exhausts and speeding in built-up areas. Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team have worked with partners to organise an event for modified and performance car drivers, which was held last night on land at Woodhorn Museum near Ashington.
Community Support Officers Martin Hayes and Andy Crosby found the main problem was the lack of a venue for enthusiasts to meet.
They worked with Cramlington Motorclub, Woodhorn Museum and the fire and rescue service to stage last night’s managed event for drivers.
Mortorclub staff were present to give out road safety advice and firefighters did a casualty extraction exercise using cutting gear to demonstrate the perils of driving dangerously.
Motorclub officials also provided advice on how enthusiasts can channel their interests in a positive way.
CSO Hayes said: “This event benefits both the local community and motoring enthusiasts.
“It gives the drivers somewhere safe and legal to go and it keeps them from driving anti-socially on the streets of Ashington, and gathering in public car parks.’ We are looking to organise more events of the this type in the future.
“It gives us the ideal opportunity to work with a section of the public who can be quite hard to reach, and about whom there are a lot of negative opinions about.
“Hopefully this will see some of the drivers think a little more about how their driving can impact on the whole community.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the agencies involved in making the event happen.’’