ESSEX Police were down on the Manorway in Corringham after reports of pony and trap racing.
Since a number of complaints in the summer, Essex Police and Thurrock Council initiated a specific order (Fixed Penalty Notice) prohibiting such activity.
After the police action, Thurrock Council issued a statement.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “I would like to thank Essex Police and Thurrock Council officers for their prompt action today. It may be New Year’s Eve but both services were able to act immediately when an attempt was made to hold unauthorised trap racing on the Manorway today.
I am pleased that Essex Police were able to act so promptly and make use of the now permanent Traffic Regulation Order (TPO) prohibiting horse-drawn carriages on the Manorway.
We will act with our police partners to prevent unauthorised trap racing in Thurrock and take action against those who try to break these rules. One person has been reported to court for breaching the order and others quickly left the area without racing, meaning no disruption for our residents.
“Thurrock’s roads are not a private racetrack for cars or horse-drawn vehicles. Whilst most residents were gearing up for New Year celebrations the roads are still busy, including the freight traffic, and racing on this road would put all road users at risk. ”