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West Suffolk councils set to approve new PSPO conditions to crack down on boy racers and anti-social behaviour in Bury St Edmunds

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Three quarters of people who responded to a survey in Bury St Edmunds said they had been affected by anti-social behaviour from boy racers in the town.

The joint executive committee at West Suffolk councils is set to approve tougher measures on Tuesday which would ban people from racing or performing stunts such as doughnuts in cars, repeatedly revving engines loudly, sounding horns, or playing loud music.

The new conditions, which would be operational 24 hours a day, would also curb foul or abusive language from drivers, threatening or intimidating behaviour towards people or causing obstructions.

West Suffolk House. (7596228)
West Suffolk House. (7596228)

It is understood the problem is largely in relation to gatherings in car parks and the town centre.

If approved, the measures would be an extension of an existing public space protection order (PSPO) – an order which imposes tougher sanctions on issues like alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and street begging. If any of the conditions were breached, it would be considered a criminal offence.

Acting Inpsector Sonia Plume said: “Suffolk Constabulary is supporting St Edmundsbury Borough Council regarding an amendment to the existing public spaces protection order in Bury St Edmunds."

She added: “Having a PSPO in place will allow authorised council officers as well as police officers and PCSOs to take appropriate enforcement action against those involved.”

A public consultation on the plans was held over four weeks in January and February, where 75 per cent of 32 respondents said they had been affected by anti-social behaviour caused by the congregation of vehicles in the town..

Cllr Robert Everitt, cabinet member for families and communities at St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “If agreed by joint cabinet this will further enable the police with our support to take decisive and effective action on this problem which is a concern for residents and businesses alike.”