Call for cross-border approach to tackle ‘boy racers’

October 22, 2018

Sinn Féin has called on the PSNI to take a proactive approach in tackling the ongoing anti-social behaviour involving ‘boy racers’ on the Old Dublin Road, near Newry.

Councillor Liz Kimmins claims a commitment by police “to tackle the scourge” of young drivers using the area of the former Customs site to carry out dangerous and erratic maneouvres would ensure the safety of the local community and road users and help save lives.

Having met with the South Armagh PSNI regarding the matter, Ms Kimmins says officers “have indicated they will take a pro-active approach” to deal with the issue.

She said: “Local residents are tormented on a regular basis with the noise from the large numbers of cars that gather in this border area for “diffing” and other criminal anti social behaviour, including obstructing the road, disrupting other motorists who are trying to pass through safely.

“Following on-going concerns raised by local residents living close to the Old Dublin Road regarding the anti-social behaviour associated with the gathering of cars in this area, I am very pleased that the PSNI have indicated they will take a pro-active approach to dealing with this,” she said.

“I met with representatives from the South Armagh PSNI and raised these issues as a matter of serious concern, and they have advised they will be taking action to deal with this. This serious anti social activity has to be challenged and those engaged in it need to face the full rigours of the law. We have to ensure the safety and well being of our communities and ultimately tackling this “boy racer” scourge will, I have no doubt, help save lives.”

Councillor Kimmins revealed she has requested a joint meeting with PSNI and Gardai “to formulate a more efficient cross border approach”, claiming those involved “tend to flee across the border when police attend the scene”.

The need for continued co-operation between the Gardai and the PSNI to target the activity of ‘boy racers’ was also highlighted at the recent Dundalk Joint Policing Committee meeting which took place in Carlingford.

Louth Sinn Fein councillor Antoin Watters said is important to maintain the co-operation and sharing of information with the PSNI so that they could deal with this issue, particularly with the advance of Brexit.

Supt Gerry Curley told the meeting that the Gardai had previously dealt with some of those who engaged in ‘boy racing’ and that they would target them again before Christmas, adding that there had previously been some successful operations taken against boy racers, in conjunction with the PSNI.