Posted on 7th March 2017
Our officers from the Chaddesden Safer Neighbourhood Team have been taking action against anti-social car drivers on the Wyvern shopping centre in Derby.
The action comes as residents in Chaddesden have been complaining about the noise allegedly coming from a large number of cars gathering in the centre on Sunday and Monday evenings.
On Sunday February, 26 and Monday, February 27 the team was given powers under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 to move on anyone from the centre if they felt it necessary, in order to stop members of the public being harassed, alarmed or distressed.
PC Mark Atterbury from the team explained: “We have been getting complaints from residents on the other side of the A52 about the noise coming from the centre on Sunday and Monday evenings. The noise appears to be coming from large groups of people gathering in cars on the car park of a supermarket whilst it is closed.
“The noise comes from the particularly loud, popping exhausts on the cars when the drivers use the empty car park to ‘drift’ around a small circuit.
“The gathering and noise are causing a significant problem and nuisance to the residents who, despite the presence of the busy A52, are being affected by the issue.
“On this weekend in question we were given powers to move anyone on who was causing such issues and the powers were used to remove the driver of one particular car that was being driven in such a fashion that it would have caused problems for residents. The order prevented him returning to the area within 48 hours.
“We will be running similar operations in the near future and also have powers to seize cars that are being regularly used and causing a nuisance.
“We are working with local councillors and the supermarket owners to come up with a longer term solution that will prevent the cars having access to the car park when the supermarket is closed.”
Anyone with any information regarding this or similar issues should contact their local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.