Police hand out 49 fines in two evenings to boy racers in Choats Road

Police closing the road back in 2016 following an incident involving boy racers (Pic: Roads&Transpor

Police closing the road back in 2016 following an incident involving boy racers (Pic: Roads&Transport MPS/@MPSRTPC) - Credit: Archant

Police have handed out 49 fixed penalty notices to boy racers and spectators in Choats Road over the course of two evenings.

“Our streets are not a Formula One circuit,” said Councillor Laila Butt, adding that residents had a right to peace and quiet.

The operation took place over the course of two Friday nights, targeting both racers and spectators.

The racing on the long, straight Choats Road circuit even attracted enterprising food vendors, flogging snacks to the crowds who had gathered for the illegal event.

Cllr Butt, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “We are determined and will continue to use every weapon in our arsenal to clamp down on all types of anti-social behaviour across Barking and Dagenham.

“We listened to the concerns of local residents and businesses and are working closely with our partners to address their concerns.”