Dangerous driver jailed

A Blyth man has been jailed for dangerous driving along the coastal routes in North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Peter Crackett, 20, of William Street, in Blyth, appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court for sentence on Thursday, February 13 where he received an 18 week prison term and a two-year driving ban.

The incident happened on September 13, 2013, when police received reports of vehicles racing and speeding on the seafront between Whitley Bay and Seaton Delaval. It led to police launching an operation in direct response to concerns raised by residents about speeding in the area.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris said: “We’re committed to tackling the issues raised by residents as ones that concern them the most and we regularly carry out operations targeting anti-social drivers.

“The actions of Crackett in racing and speeding along a main road, putting other road users and pedestrians in danger, could have had devastating consequences.

“I’m pleased he has received a prison sentence for his actions.

“I hope it sends out the message to others that this sort of dangerous behaviour will not be tolerated and people could find themselves in court and potentially behind bars.

“We’ll continue to target those people causing the most concern in our community to ensure the areas remains a safe place to live.”