Police promise tough action on illegal ‘car cruisers’
West Mids Police broke-up an illegal car cruise gathering in Birmingham − and has vowed to take firm action against any street racers involved.
Traffic cops and officers from the Operational Support Unit − including police drone pilots − moved in to disrupt a 100-strong group that amassed on the A38 between Minworth and Bassetts Pole, plus Heartlands Parkway in Nechells.
Road blocks were put in place and stop checks carried out on drivers and around 50 spectators who had lined the streets to watch the road menaces.
A High Court order bans people from taking part in car cruising, including speeding, racing and driving in convoy, performing stunts and causing an obstruction on a public highway − plus spectating or promoting such events − across Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.
West Mids Police is now reviewing drone and CCTV footage and will look to prosecute any drivers suspected of breaching the order by joining the car cruise.
Chief Superintendent Steve Graham led Sunday night’s operation – the latest activity codenamed Operation Hercules. He said:
“We understand the impact that this type of anti-social activity has upon our communities, not to mention the danger it presents to participants and spectators.
“We are determined to continue these operations to send a message to those involved that we will not tolerate this behaviour and those who continue to drive dangerously or participate will be brought before the courts.
“Our drone footage captures the activity in detail and we are examining footage taken last night to determine who was involved so that we can assist Birmingham City Council to pursue court action.
“Drivers can also expect their insurance companies to be informed − and for their policies to be nullified − if they are caught joining illegal car gatherings which would clearly be at odds with the terms of their insurance cover.”
No arrests were made during last night’s operation, but enquiries are on-going.