Anti-social drivers are the target

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POLICE are working to drive down anti-social motoring in Morpeth.

Officers have been focusing their attentions on nuisance driving in the town centre and have increased patrols in identified problem areas.

This issue is a neighbourhood priority for local police after residents raised concerns at meetings.

On Saturday, October 15, officers used powers to confiscate two cars after they were being driven in an anti-social manner in Bridge Street.

The two Vauxhall Corsas were stopped and police had them uplifted after both had been linked to reported driving disorders on previous occasions.

Morpeth Acting Inspector Dave Simpson said: “Residents have raised the issue of anti-social driving from drivers on numerous occasions and this is why it has been made a neighbourhood priority.

“We are using CCTV cameras and dedicated officers to tackle the problem and we are determined to take positive action against those caught.

“The two Vauxhall Corsa drivers who had their cars confiscated from them will now have to pay a release fee to get their cars back.

“This should also act as a warning to others.

“Everybody relies heavily on their car and to have it confiscated is something which can disrupt their everyday life.

“The message from us is clear – if you drive in an anti-social way or cause disorder on the roads then we will target you and use all our powers to either prosecute or confiscate your car.”