ASB month of action against vehicle nuisance sees 56 owners warned ‘it may be crushed next time’
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Motorbikes seized by the Force were crushed last summer - don't let your vehicle be next.
Following a month of planned activity targeting vehicle nuisance, Northamptonshire Police is warning riders and drivers who received an official warning that the next time they cause trouble, their vehicle will be seized and could even be crushed.
The Force has made tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) a matter of priority for 2021/22 and policing teams spent September focussing on the top issues identified from resident reports in eight hotspot areas across the county.
Preventing vehicle nuisance was also an overall theme for the month, under the umbrella of Operation Judgement, with three cars seized and 56 warnings given out to riders and drivers under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002.
This means these vehicle owners are on a one-strike warning, as if they are found to be using their vehicle inconsiderately or carelessly, or in a manner likely to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to others again, officers have the power to seize and remove it.
Chief Inspector Pete Basham, who led the month of action, said: “At the start of September we made it clear that we’d be using all available powers to stop people who think they can ride or drive in a way that is harmful to their community, and our use of Section 59 warnings and three cars being seized shows we’re doing exactly that.
“Anyone given one of these warnings should have no doubt that if we find them causing a nuisance again with that vehicle it will be seized and they will have to pay to get it back – and in some circumstances, such as if it’s found to be used in crime or without tax or insurance, we can and will have it crushed.”
Further results from the month’s activity included officers dealing with a range of traffic offences, gathering vital intelligence about ASB from residents, and giving advice to 63 e-scooter riders.
And the Force’s work doesn’t stop there – extra support is already being given to repeat victims of all forms of ASB, to make sure those most affected have the right help at the right time, to make a real difference in improving their lives.
Policing teams are also working with those responsible for ASB, to help them to make better choices as well as understand the serious repercussions if they carry on acting this way, including the increased use of both civil and criminal powers.
Chief Inspector Basham said: “We’re focusing on ASB in all its forms because we understand the harm it does to people’s quality of life, and it’s not right that the actions of an inconsiderate few impact on the many.
“Our officers are working hard to ensure all reports of ASB are dealt with effectively, either by us or the relevant partner agencies. If ASB is affecting you, please don’t suffer alone – report it and we will do all we can to help and take action, and if it’s not a police matter, you’ll be put in touch with the right agency to deal with the issue and support you.”