NEW powers have been brought into to halt Wigan’s boy racers.
Young men in souped-up hatchbacks have been tearing around supermarket car parks and roads late at night in drag-race style challenges to see who has the faster car.
And temporary measures introduced at the beginning of the year to prevent the area around Saddle Junction being used for late night ‘cruising’ have proved so successful police and council chiefs have decided to extend the powers for another six-month period. Officers from Greater Manchester Police and Wigan Council found that the Section 30 Dispersal Order significantly reduced the impact of illegal racing over the past six months.
The Dispersal Order, introduced following reports of cars driving at dangerous speed around Saddle Junction, the car park of the ASDA Superstore and Halfords, Westwood Way and Warrington Road, recently expired, but has now come back into force this week.
The dispersal order has been divided into three zones and will ban youngsters and their vehicles between the hours of 9pm and 6am.
The Section 30 Dispersal Order has been divided into three zones:
Zone A covers the top of the A49 Warrington Road; Gower Street and Atherton Street.
Gower Street/Atherton Street/Warrington Road
Zone B ASDA car park
Zone C Westwood Way/Westwood Park from top of Poolstock Lane.
Yobs who remain or return to the area having been told to leave, risk a fine of up to £2,000 or three months in prison.
It has been found that the earlier Dispersal Order significantly reduced the impact of illegal racing and potentially fatal risk taking.
The order includes the powers between 9pm and 6am to enforce that any teenager below the age of 16 and not under the control of a parent, or a responsible person over the age of 18, may be taken home or to an alternative place of safety.
Pemberton neighbourhood police inspector Phil James said: “This isn’t an exclusion zone or curfew area but it is designed to make the area a more pleasant, safer place for everyone.”
Cabinet member Coun Kevin Anderson said: “The local community can rest assured that we are taking this issue seriously.”
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