Boy Racers Are Making Our Lives Miserable

BOY racers who rev up their cars at night are making the lives of a group of elderly people in Ely miserable. Geoffrey Leonard, 57, has complained several times to police about youngsters who congregate with their cars in Waitrose car park in Bray s Lane

BOY racers who rev up their cars at night are making the lives of a group of elderly people in Ely miserable.

Geoffrey Leonard, 57, has complained several times to police about youngsters who congregate with their cars in Waitrose car park in Bray's Lane in the evenings.

On Sunday night, Mr Leonard and some of his neighbours, some of whom are disabled or in need of full-time carers, counted 22 cars packed full of young people in the car park.

"They have their boots open with music blaring until 11.30pm or 12.30pm at night," Mr Leonard told the Ely Standard.


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"They woke me up with their din on Sunday night and then they use Archery Crescent [opposite Waitrose] to spin their cars round. When they saw us looking at them they flashed their lights."

Mr Leonard has lived in his bungalow at Archery Crescent since 2004 and says the problems have been going on since last October. "They used to have a barrier on the car park at Waitrose but since that's been taken away they can all go in when they want and speed up and down from Forehill. Some of them must be going about 60 miles per hour by the time they come up here."

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The problem is not restricted to Friday and Saturday nights. Mr Leonard's eldest neighbour is 91, and he says they can't even open leave a window open at night for fear of being woken.

"If my grandchildren behaved like that I'd have them by the scruff of the neck," said Mr Leonard.

Police have identified Tesco as a problematic area for anti-social behaviour, where youths congregate and drink in the car park at Angel Drove, but Bray's Lane is not mentioned as a hotspot in their annual report.

In 2007, there were nine road traffic collisions on Bray's Lane and seven recorded road offences.

A police spokesperson said: "Officers are investigating several reports of anti social driving and excessive noise in the Bray's Lane area. Extra patrols will be carried out by the Neighbourhood Policing Team and CCTV evidence is now being examined.

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