Deputy Mayor for Policing 'very concerned' by A10 drag racing

Deputy Mayor for policing 'very concerned' by A10 drag racing

Deputy Mayor for policing 'very concerned' by A10 drag racing

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 London's Deputy Mayor for Policing says he is “very concerned” about the constant drag racing on the A10.

Illegal road racers have been using the Great Cambridge Road as a drag strip for years, racing supercharged cars down the road.

The speed junkies use the road every Sunday evening at the expense of the residents on the road who are putting up with a barrage of peace-shattering noise until the early hours of Monday morning.

John Carpenter, who lives in the Great Cambridge Road, said that last night’s noise was “as bad as ever.”

He added: “The noise is painfully loud and it feels like there is no end in sight. It ruins our Sunday evening’s and nothing is being done about it.”

However, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh says he is taking the matter very seriously and is set to raise the resident’s concerns with the borough commander and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who is the capital's police commissioner.

He said: “I am very concerned that residents are suffering from this type of behaviour. The MPS have said that they take this very seriously, but I will be raising it with the commissioner to ensure it is being dealt with appropriately to give local people the peace they deserve.”

Conservative Councillor for Chase Ward Nick Dines added: “It is clear that the Met Police centrally need to put some resource into stopping boy racers using the A10 as their personal race track.

“It is good news that this will be raised with the commissioner and I hope we can all work together to stop this blight on Enfield.”

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1:26pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Andy_Pagin says...

Why not just put a few speed cameras on that stretch? Apart from this particular problem the speed limits between the M25 junction and Brookfield Farm are almost completely ignored by most drivers.
Why not just put a few speed cameras on that stretch? Apart from this particular problem the speed limits between the M25 junction and Brookfield Farm are almost completely ignored by most drivers. Andy_Pagin
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10:32am Tue 12 Aug 14

ELocker says...

Andy_Pagin wrote:
Why not just put a few speed cameras on that stretch? Apart from this particular problem the speed limits between the M25 junction and Brookfield Farm are almost completely ignored by most drivers.
Because it wouldn't remotely help here as most of them have illegal anti-camera license plates or have their license plates covered over altogether
[quote][p][bold]Andy_Pagin[/bold] wrote: Why not just put a few speed cameras on that stretch? Apart from this particular problem the speed limits between the M25 junction and Brookfield Farm are almost completely ignored by most drivers.[/p][/quote]Because it wouldn't remotely help here as most of them have illegal anti-camera license plates or have their license plates covered over altogether ELocker
  • Score: 2

11:09am Tue 12 Aug 14

j_elliott says...

The noise from these people isn't confined to the A10 - I hear the extreme noise from their cars (probably on their way back home) in the early hours where I live on Hadley Road.

I have contacted the council and the police numerous times about this, most recently last week, but as said by others, there is no improvement in the situation.

I am now recording sound levels with a meter connected to my computer so I can get more evidence of the problem.
The noise from these people isn't confined to the A10 - I hear the extreme noise from their cars (probably on their way back home) in the early hours where I live on Hadley Road. I have contacted the council and the police numerous times about this, most recently last week, but as said by others, there is no improvement in the situation. I am now recording sound levels with a meter connected to my computer so I can get more evidence of the problem. j_elliott
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5:31pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Andy_Pagin says...

ELocker wrote:
Andy_Pagin wrote:
Why not just put a few speed cameras on that stretch? Apart from this particular problem the speed limits between the M25 junction and Brookfield Farm are almost completely ignored by most drivers.
Because it wouldn't remotely help here as most of them have illegal anti-camera license plates or have their license plates covered over altogether
Actually most of the people ignoring the speed limits have completely standard cars. Anyway most of the illegal plates don't defeat the speed cameras.
[quote][p][bold]ELocker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy_Pagin[/bold] wrote: Why not just put a few speed cameras on that stretch? Apart from this particular problem the speed limits between the M25 junction and Brookfield Farm are almost completely ignored by most drivers.[/p][/quote]Because it wouldn't remotely help here as most of them have illegal anti-camera license plates or have their license plates covered over altogether[/p][/quote]Actually most of the people ignoring the speed limits have completely standard cars. Anyway most of the illegal plates don't defeat the speed cameras. Andy_Pagin
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5:45pm Wed 13 Aug 14

ELocker says...

Andy_Pagin wrote:
ELocker wrote:
Andy_Pagin wrote:
Why not just put a few speed cameras on that stretch? Apart from this particular problem the speed limits between the M25 junction and Brookfield Farm are almost completely ignored by most drivers.
Because it wouldn't remotely help here as most of them have illegal anti-camera license plates or have their license plates covered over altogether
Actually most of the people ignoring the speed limits have completely standard cars. Anyway most of the illegal plates don't defeat the speed cameras.
Except this article isn't about normal people going over the speed limit
[quote][p][bold]Andy_Pagin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ELocker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy_Pagin[/bold] wrote: Why not just put a few speed cameras on that stretch? Apart from this particular problem the speed limits between the M25 junction and Brookfield Farm are almost completely ignored by most drivers.[/p][/quote]Because it wouldn't remotely help here as most of them have illegal anti-camera license plates or have their license plates covered over altogether[/p][/quote]Actually most of the people ignoring the speed limits have completely standard cars. Anyway most of the illegal plates don't defeat the speed cameras.[/p][/quote]Except this article isn't about normal people going over the speed limit ELocker
  • Score: 4

12:19pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Andy_Pagin says...

So? speed cameras would have an impact on this behaviour, far more than the occasional police speed trap. Besides it is possible to identify and prosecute a speeder without having the vehicle registration. If the car is distinctive enough to be identified beyond reasonable doubt that's good enough. I suspect the Noddy cars these kiddies drive are at least a little distinctive.
So? speed cameras would have an impact on this behaviour, far more than the occasional police speed trap. Besides it is possible to identify and prosecute a speeder without having the vehicle registration. If the car is distinctive enough to be identified beyond reasonable doubt that's good enough. I suspect the Noddy cars these kiddies drive are at least a little distinctive. Andy_Pagin
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