Cops seize cars in park crackdown

Central NPT have seized a Mercedes worth around �50,000. The car was taken from a group of 'boy racers' who were involved in anti-social behaviour around the Thornes park area of Wakefield.'Pictured with the car are L) Sgt. Rob Brook and R) Sgt. Mark Beet.'w4183a103

Central NPT have seized a Mercedes worth around �50,000. The car was taken from a group of 'boy racers' who were involved in anti-social behaviour around the Thornes park area of Wakefield.'Pictured with the car are L) Sgt. Rob Brook and R) Sgt. Mark Beet.'w4183a103

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A “BOY racer’s” car worth more than £70,000 has been taken off the road by police to drive anti-social behaviour out of Thornes Park.

The Mercedes C63 AMG was seized by officers from the Central neighbourhood police team on Sunday night.

Police were called to the park after people complained that up to 70 cars were causing mayhem in the car park, saying drivers were revving engines and playing loud music.

Sgt Steven Sayles said: “The public have highlighted to us their concerns and this operation was designed to target vehicles been used in an illegal and anti-social manner.

“The intention is not to stop people socialising and enjoying themselves but to target the minority who continue to commit offences on the roads of Wakefield.”

More than 65 vehicles were inspected by the NPT.

A Honda motorbike and a Vauxhall Astra were also seized using powers granted under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002.

Two drivers were forced to remove windscreen tints, five were issued with tickets for parking offences and several vehicle defect forms were handed out.

Police, residents and the Friends of Clarence, Holmefield and Thornes Parks (CHaT) group have all called on Wakefield Council to lock gates at night to keep nuisance drivers out.

Ian Deighton, chairman of the Friends of ChaT, said: “I think the gates have now got to be locked at strategic times such as at the weekend.

“We don’t want to see the park closed all the time, we want to keep it as accessible as possible but if there are problems with anti-social behaviour then they need to be closed.”

A spokeswoman for Wakefield Council said they were aware of problems of anti-social behaviour and were working with the police and CHaT.

On the same night another car was seized after a driver as caught driving in an anti-social manner in B&Q, on Cathedral Retail Park at around 9.50pm.

Sgt Sayles said: “These operations will continue to take place and people have been warned that they may have their vehicles seized if they act in an illegal manner.”