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High Court ban on car cruisers in Burntwood is extended indefinitely

A High Court injunction to stop car cruisers in Burntwood has been extended.

The ban was introduced in 2010, but has now been extended indefinitely by Birmingham County Court after a a rise in reports of incidents on a number of roads in the town.

The injunction means anyone found congregating and racing on roads on the outskirts of Burntwood could be fined or imprisoned for up to two years.

Councillor Colin Greatorex said: “As the council is a key member of Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership, we are delighted the court has extended the injunction to put a stop to car cruising around Burntwood.

“This type of reckless high-speed street driving is noisy and worrying for people living near to the roads used. It is also extremely dangerous for the drivers, passengers and anyone who could be in the area.

“This is why we applied to extend the injunction to make sure the police and council have the appropriate powers to tackle this reckless behaviour.

“Anyone caught car cruising in and around Burntwood will have their name added to the injunction. If they are then caught again, they will be taken to court, and if found guilty could face a fine or a prison sentence of up to two years.”

The extension to the injunction is in ‘perpetuity’, which means it will not expire unless it is challenged in court.

Inspector Darren Oakey, Commander for Lichfield District Local Policing Team, said: “The injunction defines car cruising as a congregation of drivers, of two or more vehicles, between the hours of 7pm and 7am on the roads outlined. Other unacceptable activities include car racing, shouting or swearing, blocking off roads, dropping litter, playing loud music, sounding horns and more.

“This injunction once again shows that the police and council do not tolerate any kind of anti social behaviour and take the strongest measures possible to make sure people are safe and secure in their communities.”

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