Police mocked over 'rubbish' warning letters after Moneyhole boy racer complaints

PUBLISHED: 10:19 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:19 23 February 2018

Moneyhole car park.

Moneyhole car park.

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Welwyn Garden City residents have demanded more be done to combat antisocial behaviour near Moneyhole car park after the police sent warning letters to drivers.

Numerous people aired their anger at boy racers with beefed up cars tormenting the area, following which Herts Police confirmed it had been made a “policing priority” and letters had been sent.

The action was mocked by residents on social media, with one questioning if they would be asked to complete 100 lines afterwards, while another said tongue-in-cheek “that will show them”.

Several residents insisted firmer action needed to be taken, including WGC’s Sarah Thomas, who branded the police’s warning letters “rubbish”.

“A letter is no good, they will just laugh at it and throw it in the bin,” she added.

“It is also not a policing priority. I wish I could see the blues and twos through my window but I never seen them there.

“The continuation of this problem is extremely depressing. The last five nights they have been turning up, they all beep their horns for some unknown reason then race about.”

Another WGC resident claimed the police’s letters and prioritisation were “comforting words, but residents really want a lasting solution”.

He also highlighted how the council rejected plans for an electric barrier in 2010 – which residents hoped would combat the yobbish behaviour – but said it never solved the underlying issue.

“Perhaps you can ask the same councillors that voted against a permanent solution why they failed Panshanger residents all these years?

“Residents would welcome a better alternative permanent solution but none was suggested by our esteemed councillors.”

Panshanger councillor Terry Mitchinson, who was elected last year, said the local authority has asked council officers to look at possible measures to tackle the problem.

He also urged anyone witnessing the antisocial behaviour to contact police via 101.

A Herts Police spokeswoman said: “We are continuing to proactively patrol the Moneyhole playing fields area and where motorists are found to be driving in an antisocial manner, Section 59 written warnings will be issued.

“This gives officers the power to seize vehicles if the behaviour continues.”

She added that officers need residents to help tackle the problem by reporting information, including vehicle details and registration numbers, via 101 or at www.herts.police.uk/report.

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