Boy racers return to Love Lane industrial estate

Concerns have been raised that someone could be seriously injured if police do not take action against boy racers in Cirencester. 

There has been numerous incidents involving cars being driven around the Love Lane industrial estate and up to the new Spratsgate Lane roundabout.

The latest incident, which took place around 11.30pm on Sunday, September 4 saw large crowds watching from the roadside.

The growing popularity of the activity has led people to worry that the likelihood of a serious accident occurring is increasing too. 

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A witness who lives nearby, and wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I was returning home late and witnessed a large crowd of spectators on all sides of the Wilkinson Road mini roundabout gathered to watch the drifting. 

“The size of the crowds and the number of cars suggest this is an organised event. 

“Aside from the frequent disturbances to local residents this is clearly a dangerous activity that has only materialised since the new Steadings roundabout has been built.”

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Skidmarks on the Spratsgate Lane roundaboutSkidmarks on the Spratsgate Lane roundabout

A number of complaints have been made to the police and local councillors.

Cirencester town and district councillor Ray Brassington, who is a member of the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Panel, said: “The situation is getting worse as it attracts more people, many of whom are believed to be from outside of town. 

“The police need to act promptly and with a firm hand to put a stop to this, they will have my full support if they do so.”

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cotswold district councillors Gary Selwyn, Ray Brassington and Roly Hughes at the Spratsgate Lane roundaboutCotswold district councillors Gary Selwyn, Ray Brassington and Roly Hughes at the Spratsgate Lane roundabout

Cotswold neighbourhood policing inspector, Simon Ellson, said: “We are aware of the issues of car meetups, car racing and other anti-social behaviour in the Love Lane industrial estate area of Cirencester.

“We have in the past, and will continue to do so in future, enforce dispersal orders to remove people and their vehicles from the area when necessary. 

“The neighbourhood team are conducting targeted patrols of the area and intelligence is always being gathered. 

“We would encourage the public to continue to report these incidents to us and we will continue to do all we can to help residents feel safe and be undisturbed in their communities.” 

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