When Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles joined officers on the look-out for boy racers in Matlock, he found himself in on the action.
But it wasn’t just boy racers catching their eye on Sunday night (7 September). It was the smoking tyre on a caravan being towed by a 67-year-old man.
“The caravan went past us with smoke billowing out from a wheel, which could have burst into full-blown flames at any moment when we stopped him,” the Commissioner said. After checking that the smoke problem had been stopped, PC Dave Naylor then helped the driver to change the wheel.
At Matlock Bath Railway Station, there was trouble of a different kind. “A young man from Buxton was parked up with his stereo going full blast and disturbing the peace, amounting to anti-social behaviour,” said Mr Charles.
With noise a big problem in the area, the driver was served a Section 59 notice – a law used for certain anti-social driving offences – and informed that if he repeated the offence in the next 12 months his car would be seized.
Mr Charles had joined the patrol to see how the eight-week operation targeting boy racers in Matlock, Matlock Bath and Wirksworth on Friday and Sunday nights was progressing. “It is clearly working well and it was good to see PC Naylor’s commitment to policing and the local communities,” the Commissioner commented.
All in all, 3 Section 59 notices were served during the Commissioner’s patrol, and two drivers reported for summons. Numerous drivers were stopped and advised regarding their behaviour.
“Best of all, there were no calls from the public about anti-social behaviour, so the message is clearly getting out to the local groups,” Mr Charles said.
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Posted on Friday 12th September 2014