Boyracers keeping St Neots family awake at night

BOYRACERS have been driving round a St Neots car park, causing a noise nuisance and keeping nearby families awake at night. The drivers race around the Lidls car park in Cambridge Street for hours at a time. One family with their first baby aged only four

BOYRACERS have been driving round a St Neots car park, causing a noise nuisance and keeping nearby families awake at night.

The drivers race around the Lidls car park in Cambridge Street for hours at a time.

One family with their first baby aged only four weeks, told The Hunts Post that the boyracers spent four hours on Sunday (May 31) night screeching round the car park.

They called the police immediately and community support officers were sent to tackle the problem, but the nuisance drivers did not leave until 11pm.

Laura Basham, 19 and Matt Collins, 20, who live in East Street, said their daughter, Aoife, was screaming because of the noise and could not sleep.

Miss Basham said: "The noise was so loud we couldn't hear the television. It started at 8.15pm and we called the police at 8.20pm. They sent a couple of PCSOs (police community support officers) but it made no difference.

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"There were about five cars - souped up Citron Saxos, a BMW and Vauxhalls."

She said her partner, Mr Collins went into the car park to confront the drivers at about 10.30pm and they finally left at 11pm.

The couple, who have lived in their house since February, said they would be taking up the matter with Lidl, Cambridgeshire police and Huntingdonshire District Council, which owns part of the land the cars need to access before they reach the car park.

Miss Basham said wanted the drivers served with anti-social behaviour orders as Sunday's incident was the third or fourth time the boyracers had used the car park.

A spokesman for Lidl told The Hunts Post: "We are aware of this issue. The reason we cannot install gates is due to a restriction by the fire authority. They will not allow us to do so as they need to have access to the residential flats which are adjacent to the store.

"We are willing to listen to suggestions for a solution and also to work with the police to find one."

A spokesman for HDC added that the council has a right of way over the Lidl car park to allow access to its own car park behind.

She added: "In these instances, our advice is to report the matter to the police because they have powers to issue warnings to drivers who cause such a nuisance."

Cambridgeshire police said officers were sent to the car park three times.

They spoke to the drivers on one occasion and monitored CCTV, a spokesman said.

"The youths denied making noise and the officers gave words of advice.

There were further reports of noise from the car park and officers attended the scene again at just after midnight but all was quiet.

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