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New dispersal zones give street racers no place in Lakeside.

THERE will be no ” wagging tails ” or bragging for street racers after a new dispersal order is put in place as part of a number of measures to stamp out street racing under operation Wagtail.

The dispersal zones will come in force on Saturday August 25, 2012, through to Sunday February 24, 2013. The dispersal orders give the police the power to give the street racers the direction to leave.

Operation Wagtail is supported by multiple agencies, businesses and residents to target street racers around Lakeside and has already seen offenders face heavy fines and possible disqualifications from driving.

The dispersal zone encompasses; south from the M25/A13 roundabout to the A13/A126 junction, eastwards from A126/A13, Stoneness Road to the junction with Oliver Road. Oliver Road/Stoneness Road and all roads south of this location eastwards to the A282 and all roads and car parks west from the A282 to the M25/A13 roundabout.

Grays District Commander, Chief Inspector Richard Baxter said: “The dispersal order is another tool to combat the serious problem of street racing. On some occasions officers have witnessed spectators, including children, standing on the verges and sometimes in the road encouraging the motorists to speed. It will only be a matter of time before someone is killed or seriously injured and that is why we will not give up in our fight against this anti-social behaviour.

“The dispersal order will be welcome news to particular businesses who have suffered as a result of street racers and car cruisers with the cost of cleaning up the damage and litter caused. Local shoppers will be relieved as they have told us they felt intimidated when cars race by, often cutting them up and causing them to take action to avoid a collision and local residents will hopefully no longer be blighted by the noise nuisance.

We the police are not alone, we have the full support and backing of partner agencies who, like us, want people to enjoy all that Lakeside and the surrounding areas have to offer in a safe way. We ask those who have been positive in their support to us on this issue, continue reporting any anti-social behaviour and where possible take the registration numbers of any offending vehicles on 101.

“Our joint message to those who come here, break the law and behave in an anti-social way is clear, make no mistake that we will deal with you within the full extent of the law and this dispersal order will give us the extra power needed to do that.”

Cllr Angie Gaywood, portfolio holder for public protection, said: “These shocking actions show just how reckless these racers are, putting not only their own lives at risk but also have little concern for other road users.

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