Event aimed to stop anti-social driving

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POLICE have hailed an event aimed at reducing anti-social driving a success.

Officers from Ashington neighbourhood policing team joined up with partners for an event for owners of modified and performance cars.

The aim was to provide a suitable location for these drivers to meet with like-minded people and discuss their interests.

Police had received complaints from residents about anti-social driving – racing through car parks, loud exhausts and speeding in built-up areas.

Ashington community support officers Martin Hayes and Andy Crosby worked with local motorists and found the main problem is there is not a proper location for enthusiasts to meet.

And earlier this month they held a three-hour event at Woodhorn Museum for drivers to meet up.

Cramlington Motorclub staff held a road safety educational presentation at the event while Northumbria Fire and Rescue service did a car cutting display to demonstrate the perils of driving dangerously.

CSO Hayes said: “The event benefited both the local community and motoring enthusiasts.

“It gave the drivers somewhere safe and legal to go and it keeps them from driving anti-socially on the streets of Ashington and gathering in public car parks.”

CSO Crosby added: “We are looking to organise more events of the this type in the future.

“It gives us the ideal opportunity to work with a section of the public who can be quite hard to reach and who there are a lot of negative opinions about.

“Hopefully this will see some of the drivers think a little more about how their driving can impact on the whole community.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the agencies involved in making the event happen, a big thank you must go to Woodhorn museum for allowing us to use their land.”