Police show zero tolerance to city street racers

Insp Ian Williams outside cineworld as the police are taking a zero tolerance approach to boy racers in the cathedral retail park.
Insp Ian Williams outside cineworld as the police are taking a zero tolerance approach to boy racers in the cathedral retail park.

A driver was caught speeding at 71mph in a 40mph zone during a police crackdown on illegal street racing in Wakefield city centre.

Almost 50 cars were stopped in the city centre by officers from the Central neighbourhood police team on Sunday night.

The driver caught driving at 31mph more than the speed limit will appear in court and two other drivers were also issued with speeding tickets.

Insp Ian Williams said: “Feedback from residents and retailers has made it clear to us that there are continuing concerns about the behaviour of those car cruising in the city and as a result we will continue to take action.

“I hope the action taken against drivers will again make it clear that stupid and dangerous behaviour such as driving at 71 mph in a 40mph zone will not be tolerated.”

Six drivers were also given fixed penalty notice fines for offences relating to the lights on their cars and another three will drivers will have to attend police stations to prove they have had faults on their vehicles fixed.

One driver was also issued with an order to attend a police station to produce his documents.