Warning to car enthusiasts who meet on Great Yarmouth seafront after man put ‘screen wash’ on road for wheel spinning

Police were called to Ormesby St Margaret. Police were called to Ormesby St Margaret.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
9:49 AM

A 21-year-old man from Attleborough has been cautioned after reports of anti-social vehicle behaviour on Great Yarmouth seafront.

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Police were called to the Golden Mile on Sunday, February 16 and found that a substance – possibly screen wash – had been put on the road surface to assist with wheel spinning. The seafront is a popular meeting place spot for drivers with modified cars.

A 21-year-old was identified as being responsible and was arrested. Police also issued a prohibition notice on his vehicle due to a mechanical defect.

Sergeant Ade Hales, who is responsible for the South Yarmouth neighbourhood area and has been involved in policing gatherings of car enthusiasts in the town, said; “The depositing of any substance on a public road which causes a user to be injured, endangered or to interrupt a user of the highway commits an offence under the Highways Act 1980.

“Not only is it dangerous at the time of the substance being deposited for whatever purpose, but this can have further effects days later if it was to rain or the road surface was to become damp and could cause an unsuspecting user of the road to crash or be injured.

“Such acts will not be tolerated on the highway, and the police will prosecute any person identified committing such an offence.”

On this occasion the 21-year-old received a police caution.

Police have carried out a number of operations in the area to crackdown on anti-social behaviour and will continue to patrol the main areas where the modified car enthusiasts gather to ensure further incidents of this nature do not occur and to support the local community in preventing further incidents of anti-social behaviour.

9 comments

  • '21 year-old man'? more like '21 year old boy racer with no consideration to other road users'. Like previous comments, he obviously has no respect for others as a motorcyclist could have easily slipped on it at high speed causing serious injury to them, their bike and even others. The idiot that did this would be none the wiser to the consequences of his actions, faced no punishment for the causing an accident and the person would have had to pay out of their own pocket to pay for damages to their vehicle. So congratulations to the member of public or whoever reported this and to the officers that arrested him for preventing his poorly thought out stunt from causing harm to anyone. By the way, wheel spinning...not cool or impressive in any way, shape or form.

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    smalltowngirl

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • i like the word 'enthusiasts'. I call them 'boy racers'. I once told one that you're just showing off and the general public are not interested seeing you drive up and down yarmouth seafront with music belting out. He stated they are not showing off, so when i suggested doing it in the middle of nowhere he seemed rather lost for words. Cars are for going from a to b, if you want to 'show off ', go do it somewhere else.

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    canaryboy71

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • Window tints have to be correct and front door windows that are tinted too much are illegal for many reasons which include the safety to other road users. Number pates should and must be correct due to ANPR and with Road tax changes coming in place in october this year and tax discs will stop being issued then number plates have to be spot on anybody that differstampers with the layout or format could be doing this for illegal reasons. Simples really!

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    dpc

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • KeithS - tell that to the motorcyclist who skids in the patch of "screen wash" in the wet and ends up wrapped around a lamp post or underneath a vehicle coming the other way. It's bad enough with accidental spills of diesel without these "enthusiasts" adding to the dangers.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • "Cars are for going from a to b" i disagree, maybe if you like driving your bland mobile, what about proper enthusiasts, ie our club that meets on the seafront at joyland diner every month? there not vehicles for driving from a to b. and we do not show off.

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    calmudownboy

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • You must have felt really proud of yourself after preaching your feelings towards that young man, give yourself a pat on the back, Sir! Have you considered a career in the Police force? Maybe you could join and pull the "Hooligans" over for slightly tinted windows or maybe incorrectly spaced letter on their registration plates?

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    BrianBadonde

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • @BrianBadonde - Tinted windows which we all have nowadays in our cars are the limit to which the front windscreen and front side windows can be legally tinted. Driving around with dark windows is pure lunacy and the idea of number plates conforming to a set criteria is so that the vehicle can be identified. Just common sense really which the boy racers seem to lack; but then its been like this for decades on Yarmouth seafront. "I will do what I want to do and *** the rest of you."

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    BG

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • I would have to agree with the sentiments from 'calmudownboy'. Our Land Rovers are far from simply a vehicle in which to travel from A to B. They are so far removed from the 'eurobox' it's why I have one. How many 'euroboxes' can spend all weekend being driven to extreme at an offroad site then cleaned (occasionally) and used the next day to provide community support during floods and snow, or to take me to work? I am an enthusiast but at 55 years old I find the term 'boy racer' being applied to me is offensive and blatantly untrue. Owners of cars today have no real interest in the vehicle as it's almost impossible to do any work to them yourself, they have no style and certainly no soul. The police were right to caution this individual on this occasion, a motorcycle would be very vulnerable as with a fuel spill. Some people just need a bit of education: In fact let's start with the middle aged fuddy-duddies who insist on hogging the middle lane of major roads while sitting at 58mph, shall we?

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    Dean

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Not quite in the same league as the old dear who drove down the wrong way on the A14!

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    KeithS

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

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