Car in a dangerous condition seized for anti-social driving in Harlow
Crime / Sun 19th Jun 2022 am30 07:26am
ROADS Policing officers attended the retail parks on Howard Way just after midnight this morning (Sunday) for reports of a car meet.
A police spokesperson said: “On our arrival we were pleased to see small groups socialising and enjoying each others company and vehicles but keeping the noise to a respectful level and doing no harm, so after a quick lap of each car park in our marked car to show a presence we left them to it.
“Unfortunately, after checking the car parks opposite (Wickes and Go Outdoors) and returning to the roundabout we could hear loud tyre skidding noises. On re-entering we could see one of the cars we had driven past only minutes earlier was now skidding around the car park on the Halfords side with 3 young passengers and close to numerous pedestrians in the area who could have been seriously injured or worse had the driver lost control as has happened at car meets in other areas across the country with tragic and sometimes fatal consequences.
The car was stopped and found to have darkly tinted front windows, a crack across the windscreen and missing rear bumper with exposed jagged edges.
“A 22yr old male from North Weald was reported for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition, failing to display his front number plate properly and driving without due care and consideration, his car was also seized due to the driver having a live Section 59 warning from similar driving only a few months ago back in February (the 12 month period will now be reset again as a result).
“Our approach to car enthusiasts has remained consistent – we have nothing against those who peacefully enjoy their shared passion in legal cars, showing respect to the local community (which is why we left everyone to it initially after a quick drive through) however those who feel entitled to use public roads and spaces as their personal playground and put others at risk, as well as damage commercial land by leaving unsightly tyre marks will face robust action and risk losing their vehicle”.
Shame they do not police e-scooters with the same enthusiasm, might save some life.