Boy racers still using A10 in Enfield for drag racing

Kleanthis Papas, who lives off the A10, claims the drag racing noise is unbearable

Police claimed they would crackdown on speed junkies

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Adrenaline junkies are continuing to use a busy dual carriageway as a race track despite the police threatening to put the brakes on their speeding.

People living close to and on the A10 Great Cambridge Road in Enfield say they are fed up with the constant drag races that take place every Sunday evening.

The Enfield Independent reported in July 2013 that police had issued a warning to racers that if they were to speed down the three-mile stretch, they would be brought to justice.

But one year on, residents are yet to see any improvement to this motoring Mecca, which has seen people from all over the country flock to the A-road to race their customised cars.

Kleanthis Papas, who lives adjacent to the A10, told the Enfield Independent that the craze started more than seven years ago.

He said: "I used to work night shifts and I would see this happening but the noise from my home is unbearable. We have double glazing and you can still hear it until the early hours of the morning.

"In the daytime, you barely hear the A10. If my car did 80mph down the A10 you might not hear it but these people have illegally suped-up cars, which make so much noise.

"I haven’t seen any improvement in the last year, things have just stayed at the same level."

The police stated last summer that they would show no tolerance to people using the road a racing playground.

One traffic officer said: "We want people to know that we will seize people’s cars and they will lose their insurance. We will utilise every means at our disposal to make this a safer borough."

However, Mr Papas claims that there is not enough police on the road trying to stop the racing from happening.

He said: "The police told me that they don’t have enough staff to cover the road. The speed cameras are also essentially useless because people are putting reflective materials on their licence plates and the cameras are not up to date which means they are not digital and not always able to catch people.

"This is going to end in a disaster and someone will be killed, I hope it doesn’t take something like that to trigger a response."

Rajesh Khilare, who lives on the A10, said: "It is so bad at the weekends, it ruins my evenings. This isn’t some unorganised bunch who come down every now and then, they are there every Sunday night.

"The police know they are there and yet nothing happens, I cannot understand why no action is taken. We have the sound of motor racing at our doorsteps and we aren’t close to a race track."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police patrol the A10 and the retail park areas and their car parks routinely and will take appropriate action against those commiting speeding offences."

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10:23am Wed 30 Jul 14

ELocker says...

Enfield Police doing nothing again, it would easier to hire a few clowns, oh wait - we already do
Enfield Police doing nothing again, it would easier to hire a few clowns, oh wait - we already do ELocker
  • Score: 4

10:56am Wed 30 Jul 14

dons24pelliparclose says...

The A10 is not the only weekend racetrack as history of accidents on the A111 Hedge Lane shows. In a recent weekend accident a vehicle travelling at excessive speed facing east towards Edmonton, Cambridge Roundabout crossed the bridge over the New River at Crawford Gardens. The driver, travelling too fast was unable to navigate the gap between the parked car and the traffic island. The driver chose to hit the steel column carrying the white beacon, the stub now remains to be replaced at some later date
The A10 is not the only weekend racetrack as history of accidents on the A111 Hedge Lane shows. In a recent weekend accident a vehicle travelling at excessive speed facing east towards Edmonton, Cambridge Roundabout crossed the bridge over the New River at Crawford Gardens. The driver, travelling too fast was unable to navigate the gap between the parked car and the traffic island. The driver chose to hit the steel column carrying the white beacon, the stub now remains to be replaced at some later date dons24pelliparclose
  • Score: 5

12:32pm Wed 30 Jul 14

ELocker says...

Mollison Avenue is another road they race up and down on Sundays as well
Mollison Avenue is another road they race up and down on Sundays as well ELocker
  • Score: 4

3:34pm Wed 30 Jul 14

EN1girl says...

The inaction by the police doesn't surprise me at all. They aren't exactly great role models for driving. I was following a police van this morning which made three turns without indicating so much aso nce. So much for setting an example!

If these races are happening every Sunday night, all the police have to do is show up just once, impound the vehicles and job done!
The inaction by the police doesn't surprise me at all. They aren't exactly great role models for driving. I was following a police van this morning which made three turns without indicating so much aso nce. So much for setting an example! If these races are happening every Sunday night, all the police have to do is show up just once, impound the vehicles and job done! EN1girl
  • Score: 5

6:19pm Wed 30 Jul 14

paulinebradford says...

also ponders end high street.there is one guy i would gladly strangle he drives up and down revving up the souped up red car not sure what make(nothing special) he is a pest.all hours sure he cant sleep.drives up garfield road.ponders end so must live up that way.drives across forecourt in front of where i live parks up to get his takeaway then him and his mate,throw all their rubbish out the window.get rid of him.and his idiot friends.
also ponders end high street.there is one guy i would gladly strangle he drives up and down revving up the souped up red car not sure what make(nothing special) he is a pest.all hours sure he cant sleep.drives up garfield road.ponders end so must live up that way.drives across forecourt in front of where i live parks up to get his takeaway then him and his mate,throw all their rubbish out the window.get rid of him.and his idiot friends. paulinebradford
  • Score: 3

6:22pm Wed 30 Jul 14

paulinebradford says...

registration is Gaw ? not sure of number.drives up and down at all hours.
registration is Gaw ? not sure of number.drives up and down at all hours. paulinebradford
  • Score: 4

10:56am Fri 1 Aug 14

ELocker says...

The problem is simple, if it doesn't occur in Enfield Town then Enfield Police don't care about it...............
The problem is simple, if it doesn't occur in Enfield Town then Enfield Police don't care about it............... ELocker
  • Score: 3

8:50am Tue 5 Aug 14

bajowh says...

To show how effective they have been perhaps the police could tell the residents how many of these speeding drivers they have charged over a set period - say the last 3 months. How many of these racing drivers have been arrested since 1st May 2014 ...... a 1000? 500? 20? 1? none?
To show how effective they have been perhaps the police could tell the residents how many of these speeding drivers they have charged over a set period - say the last 3 months. How many of these racing drivers have been arrested since 1st May 2014 ...... a 1000? 500? 20? 1? none? bajowh
  • Score: 2

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