Boy racers targeting Welwyn Garden City's Moneyhole car park
PUBLISHED: 12:27 20 February 2018
Residents have bemoaned boy racers with "beefed up" cars tormenting an area of Welwyn Garden City.
Several people have claimed that Moneyhole car park and nearby roads are being targeted by motorists who are racing around the area during the evenings.
A Tempsford resident told the WHT: “It happens almost every night – you can hear them racing. It usually starts at about seven or eight o’clock and you can still hear them at about 11pm.
“It’s quite annoying, especially when you are putting your kids to sleep.”
Her partner added that police could do more to puncture the problem, for example capturing those responsible on CCTV.
Dug Ferguson, 19, who lives a couple of roads away said he could understand why it could be “really intimidating” for people living next to the car park.
Another resident added: “You can hear them revving their engines and then they speed off, come back, and do it again.
“When it does happen it gets on your nerves because you are trying to sleep and you hear revving sounds.”
However, in response to residents’ concerns, Sergeant Stephen Hynes said in an email that he personally monitored the area several times recently and came across nothing.
He added that officers are aware of the issue and do patrol, but “it’s just having the resources available to deal when the calls come in”.
A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesperson said: “The Welwyn Garden City Safer Neighbourhood Team is aware of ongoing issues with antisocial driving in the Moneyhole playing fields area.
“Officers are carrying out regular patrols and where motorists are seen using vehicles in a manner which causes alarm, distress or annoyance they can be issued with a Section 59 written warning under the Police Reform Act 2002.
“If this type of behaviour continues, the motorist’s vehicle can be seized.
“We are continuing to work with our partners to tackle this issue and would encourage anyone who witnesses antisocial driving in the area to report information including vehicle details and registration to police via 101 or online at www.herts.police.uk/report.”