No place to hide for Ripon street racers

Pictured below is campaigner Coun Stuart Martin
Pictured below is campaigner Coun Stuart Martin

A crackdown on Ripon street racers terrorising residents will not stop with the successful prosecution this week of two local drivers, a campaigner has vowed.

Ripon police and fire services joined forces with Harrogate council (HBC) as part of the Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership in response to resident complaints prompted by the noise made by city centre street racers.

Stuart Martin

Stuart Martin

Police compiled evidence enough through council CCTV to see two Ripon drivers prosecuted this week.

One driver was skidding around the roundabout at the junction of Victoria Grove and Moss Arcade and the other driving through Victoria Grove Arcade car park with two people hanging out of his boot.

But Ripon Minster Coun Stuart Martin told the ‘Gazette the fight does not end here, and has ensured residents they need suffer no longer.

Coun Martin said: “Residents complained to me about the high noise levels, so I spoke to Julia Stack of the safety partnership, who brought together all the different agencies to get to this point.

“It certainly doesn’t stop here. I would appeal to people in Ripon who are still suffering to get in touch with their area councillor.

“They don’t have to suffer with this sort of problem but we do need their help in finding those responsible.”

In this week’s prosecutions, the driver of a Mazda MX5 skidding around the roundabout was reported for driving without due care and attention, and will now attend a driver improvement course.

The second driver was reported for dangerous driving for having two people hanging out of the boot of his Ford Focus, and handed 120 hours community service and a £60 fine on top of serving a 15-month driving ban, at the end of which they must retake their driving test.

Coun Martin continued: “I am absolutely delighted with these two convictions.

“Residents of Victoria Grove have had to endure this type of behaviour for some time now and I really hope these sentences serve as a warning to other drivers who think about breaking the law and causing a nuisance.”

Coun Margaret Atkinson, HBC Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Rural Affairs, said: “The CCTV operators have been proactive in reporting incidents to the police and their evidence was crucial when the cases came to court.

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