Police putting the brakes on drivers using Wellingborough as a race track

It included a police pursuit which resulted in the car being dumped and the driver fleeing

Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 4:01 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 4:04 pm

Police are cracking down on drivers speeding through Wellingborough and using the town's roads as a race track.

Officers have been busy patrolling parts of the town where speeding has been highlighted as a problem.

This week's efforts have already seen a number of motorists stopped for speeding and a police pursuit of up to 10 minutes before the car was dumped and the driver fled.

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A spokesman for Northants Police said: "We had some concerns come in from members of the public regarding Croyland Road and Doddington Road.

"The concerns related to cars racing each other and motorbikes speeding around.

"The Road Crime Team concentrated patrols in Wellingborough yesterday (Monday) and today (Tuesday) too."

They also ended up in a pursuit in the town, which saw officers attempting to stop a Ford Focus for traffic offences but it made off.

Concerns have been raised about speeding in Croyland Road and Doddington Road

The pursuit lasted between five and 10 minutes before the car got away and the driver decamped in Priory Road, near Croyland Park.

The spokesman said the driver is still outstanding but the car was recovered by police.

And they added: "We stopped a number of motorists in the town for speeding.

"We gave words of advice and in some cases reported drivers for careless driving.

"Our stops also lead to a few seizures for no insurance."

The officer estimated there were 10 motorists reported including the pursuit.

A tweet from the Northants Road Crime Team following the patrols in Wellingborough said: "People treating the town like a race track?

"End of tour saw a number of drivers reported for speeding offences, vehicles seized for no insurance and a stolen car recovered after a pursuit."

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