Essex Police warns car enthusiasts about anti-social behaviour

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Police warn car enthusiasts about anti-social behaviour Police warn car enthusiasts about anti-social behaviour

Police in Essex have told car enthusiasts they are happy to support their hobby as long as they stay within the law.

Traffic officer Simon Wilshere said officers wanted to emphasise that having a keen interest in cars was not an offence and that the police had no problem with enthusiasts meeting up to admire each other's vehicles.

But he said that any cruisers who try to race on public roads or who drive in a dangerous manner can expect to lose their licence.

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2:28pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Mind your own business says...

And car enthusiasts have told the police to get stuffed! The police pick on car enthusiasts because they are an easy target and because the police are incapable of catching real criminals.
And car enthusiasts have told the police to get stuffed! The police pick on car enthusiasts because they are an easy target and because the police are incapable of catching real criminals. Mind your own business
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3:23pm Thu 9 Jan 14

998dave says...

Mind your own business wrote:
And car enthusiasts have told the police to get stuffed! The police pick on car enthusiasts because they are an easy target and because the police are incapable of catching real criminals.
I'm not sure that's necessarily true, I count myself as a car and bike enthusiast (3 cars (Impreza, Mini, Wolseley), 2 motorbikes (Kawasaki 750, Yamaha 500), and I've never had a problem with the police.
My encounters with the police in my 10+ years of driving;
1) Stopped on my old Yamaha 250 in Derby, the police had pulled me as the bike was a long way from home - checking it wasn't stolen, I cleared it up, and went on my way - would rather be stopped once a month than lose one of my bikes!
2) Stopped on my old Yamaha 250 after accelerating hard away from a junction and lifting the front wheel on a gear change, asked to be a bit more gentle in future.
3) Stopped in the Impreza, going a bit fast on the A303, reminded to slow down and given a bit of a ticking off and sent on my way.

I drive and ride with enthusiasm and 'make good progress', but not stupidly. Also if/when stopped I'm polite - no problems.

From what I've seen, those that have issues with the police generally are doing something wrong or acting in an inconsiderate manner anyway, a few giving us all a bad name.

What the officer is saying is those of us who are sensible are okay, but they'll crack down on those behaving dangerously and risking other peoples lives.

Any real enthusiast can't think that's a bad thing.
[quote][p][bold]Mind your own business[/bold] wrote: And car enthusiasts have told the police to get stuffed! The police pick on car enthusiasts because they are an easy target and because the police are incapable of catching real criminals.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure that's necessarily true, I count myself as a car and bike enthusiast (3 cars (Impreza, Mini, Wolseley), 2 motorbikes (Kawasaki 750, Yamaha 500), and I've never had a problem with the police. My encounters with the police in my 10+ years of driving; 1) Stopped on my old Yamaha 250 in Derby, the police had pulled me as the bike was a long way from home - checking it wasn't stolen, I cleared it up, and went on my way - would rather be stopped once a month than lose one of my bikes! 2) Stopped on my old Yamaha 250 after accelerating hard away from a junction and lifting the front wheel on a gear change, asked to be a bit more gentle in future. 3) Stopped in the Impreza, going a bit fast on the A303, reminded to slow down and given a bit of a ticking off and sent on my way. I drive and ride with enthusiasm and 'make good progress', but not stupidly. Also if/when stopped I'm polite - no problems. From what I've seen, those that have issues with the police generally are doing something wrong or acting in an inconsiderate manner anyway, a few giving us all a bad name. What the officer is saying is those of us who are sensible are okay, but they'll crack down on those behaving dangerously and risking other peoples lives. Any real enthusiast can't think that's a bad thing. 998dave
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5:13pm Thu 9 Jan 14

mirokou says...

Mind your own business wrote:
And car enthusiasts have told the police to get stuffed! The police pick on car enthusiasts because they are an easy target and because the police are incapable of catching real criminals.
and your evidence to these comments is?
[quote][p][bold]Mind your own business[/bold] wrote: And car enthusiasts have told the police to get stuffed! The police pick on car enthusiasts because they are an easy target and because the police are incapable of catching real criminals.[/p][/quote]and your evidence to these comments is? mirokou
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6:30am Fri 10 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

What possible objection could any sane person have to the Police Policy as so clearly an fairly put across by Traffic officer Wilshere in the above video and so sensibly supported by '998dave'.

If there are some amongst the midst's of the genuine enthusiasts who are not mature enough to have possession of such potentially dangerous toys then they should have them confiscated until they are grown up enough to appreciate them properly.

Naughty silly children do need an adult to keep them in check until such time as they can safely be let out on their own.
What possible objection could any sane person have to the Police Policy as so clearly an fairly put across by Traffic officer Wilshere in the above video and so sensibly supported by '998dave'. If there are some amongst the midst's of the genuine enthusiasts who are not mature enough to have possession of such potentially dangerous toys then they should have them confiscated until they are grown up enough to appreciate them properly. Naughty silly children do need an adult to keep them in check until such time as they can safely be let out on their own. OMPITA [Intl]
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12:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

keith_l says...

Unfortunately the attitude of the "enthusiasts" is often wrong. They think that they are invincible, and that their driving is good, so when spoken to by the Police they respond with what can only be descibed as "arrogant backchat". If they were to say "Sorry Officer, I thought that was OK, thanks for pointing it out, I won't do it again", then that would be the end of the matter. If they show off to their mates and say "I wasn't doing anything wrong, you cant f*****g touch me" or similar then the PC is very likely to take things further.
Unfortunately the attitude of the "enthusiasts" is often wrong. They think that they are invincible, and that their driving is good, so when spoken to by the Police they respond with what can only be descibed as "arrogant backchat". If they were to say "Sorry Officer, I thought that was OK, thanks for pointing it out, I won't do it again", then that would be the end of the matter. If they show off to their mates and say "I wasn't doing anything wrong, you cant f*****g touch me" or similar then the PC is very likely to take things further. keith_l
  • Score: 4

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