Police and council to BAN boy racer meets and car cruising on A34

Tough new powers are set to be brought in to ban boy racers from the A34. A public spaces protection order (PSPO) - running from junction 14 of the M6 at Stafford to the Trentham Estate roundabout - would ban car cruising and car meets and be in place for three years.

It follows more than 40 complaints in just six months to Staffordshire Police about 'illegal street racing' along the A34 and spectators lining the sides of the road. Now cabinet members on Stafford Borough Council are tonight being asked to launch a public consultation ahead of bringing in the proposed PSPO.

It comes as high-level talks are ongoing over bringing in a blanket ban on car cruising and car meets across the whole of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. But a High Court injunction - similar to that in place on Festival Park - has already been ruled out on cost grounds.

Other recent hotspot areas for car meets and racing have included Reginald Mitchell Way, linking Tunstall and Sandyford, as well as the car parks at Meir Park Tesco and Wolstanton Retail Park. Anyone who breaches a PSPO can be handed a £100 on-the-spot fine or be fined up to £1,000 in court.

A report to tonight's Stafford Borough Council meeting states: "PSPOs create legal powers to help councils address specific anti-social behaviour issues in an area that are having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for those who live in the local community. If approved, authorised officers and police will have the option to issue a £100 fixed-penalty notice to those who refuse to comply.

"Police are seeing an increase in car cruising and car meets on the A34, specifically between Trentham and Redhill. Over a six-month period there have been over 40 complaints and requests for police attendance regarding this matter. Although community protections warnings have been issued to people involved in these activities, a more robust way would be to prohibit the activity using a public spaces protection order.

"The behaviour also causes noise nuisance and road safety concerns in the locality. The consultation would gauge public support for the restrictions and would be the basis for the proposed order being made. A new order, if approved, would be valid for three years."

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