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Police clampdown on anti-social car drivers and motorcyclists revving engines in New Hythe Lane, Larkfield

By John Nurden

Fed-up residents have called in the police to stop 'boy racers' and other nuisance motorists.

Police are now patrolling New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, following reports of anti-social car drivers and motorcyclists.

They have warned drivers their vehicles will be confiscated and say they have the power to break up gangs.

Antisocial drivers in New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, risk having their vehicles seized by the police. Picture: Google (7070754)
Antisocial drivers in New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, risk having their vehicles seized by the police. Picture: Google (7070754)

PC Becky Ballard said: "We are aware of antisocial behaviour in the village including motorists causing a nuisance in the evenings.

"Having offered advice about their conduct, we are now using enforcement against those who persist in breaking the law or acting in an antisocial manner with their vehicles."

She added: "We will also instigate dispersal orders in the area where problems continue and further issues are raised by residents."

Officers from the Tonbridge and Malling Community Safety Unit have powers under the Road Traffic Act to prosecute and seize any vehicles being used illegally.

Anti-social drivers in New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, risk having their vehicles seized by the police. Picture: Google Street View
Anti-social drivers in New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, risk having their vehicles seized by the police. Picture: Google Street View

Since January 21, officers have formally warned two drivers that their vehicles will be seized if their behaviour persists.

A further seven have been issued with warnings about their antisocial behaviour.

Police say they are working with other agencies and landowners to detect and deter law-breakers.

PC Ballard said: "As well as enforcing the law, we have worked with local businesses who have issued eight warnings concerning trespass on their land with a vehicle."

To report antisocial behaviour or illegal driving and motorbike riding call 101or 999 if a crime is in progress.

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