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Gangs of up to 100 street racers removed from Solihull streets in police drone operation

Felix Nobes 29th Oct, 2018

HUGE anti-social gangs of up to 100 street racers were removed from Solihull streets while a number of arrests were made thanks to West Midlands Police drones.

Last night (Sunday, October 28) police – in Operation Hercules – recovered two stolen vehicles and arrested a 21-year-old man for breaching a High Court injunction.

Police went out on night patrols along key routes across the region, apprehending large groups of cruising riders.

Police say the details of numerous cars thought to be involved have been collated and these people can expect to receive warning letters.

Car cruising has been an issue across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands for a long time, with ride outs often attracting hundreds of cars and spectators, police say.

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 across Solihull, Birmingham and the Black Country.

The dangerous driving and excessive noise from car cruising results in high numbers of calls to police.

The force says it is continuing to develop a number of plans to prosecute those involved – using drones to see the vehicles from the air is one of these.

Superintendent Ian Green said: “There is a huge amount of work going on to tackle this issue as we know many people are concerned about anti-social and dangerous activity.

“Our traffic officers and others carry out regular operations like this one across the force in response to concerns raised by communities. These are also now supported by police drone pilots who gather information on offenders.

“Operations like this should act as a stark warning to any motorist who thinks they can drive dangerously or anti-socially on our roads. We won’t tolerate this behaviour. We’re determined to bring offenders to justice and keep our roads safe.”

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