Crackdown on late-night car park yobs
YOBBISH drivers who cause night-time trouble at a Tavistock car park are to be targeted.
West Devon Borough Council and Devon and Cornwall Police are working together to tackle the problem after complaints from the local community.
The Bedford car park, owned by the council, has seen a number of drivers regularly congregating in the evening and causing a nuisance.
The council said their anti-social behaviour has included revving engines loudly, playing car stereos at full volume, accelerating around the area and using foul language.
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In response, police have mounted patrols during the evening with officers carrying out spot checks to see if cars have a valid MOT and tax certificate. Drivers are also being asked to produce the correct insurance documents.
Sergeant Dave Anning at Tavistock police station, said: "Most young drivers just want to park up and socialise and they cause no problem.
"Unfortunately, a few selfish ones disturb the neighbours.
"The actions of the minority make it harder for other young drivers to find somewhere to meet.
"We are gathering details of the cars involved in any incidents and writing to the vehicles' insurer and registered keeper.
"Drivers should ask themselves 'Would I do this outside my family home?' If not, don't do it!"
Environment Health officers from the council have also used special equipment to monitor the noise levels at the car park.
Cllr Robert Oxborough said: "Some of the drivers using Bedford car park in the evening may be having fun but their behaviour is far from amusing to the local community.
"They have been thoughtless and it is time they got the message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in the Council's car parks."