Operation to tackle car cruising hailed a success
An operation to tackle car cruising on an industrial estate in
Pitsea has been hailed a success, reducing calls made to police
about the problem by around 80 per cent.
PCSO Gary Newton at Bentalls Industrial
Neighbourhood officers launched Operation Navy in June after
receiving numerous calls from business owners about cars being
driven recklessly on the Bentalls estate.
Sgt Brian Palombella said: “The area was being used as a drag
racing strip and we received a lot of calls from people working
late on the site about noise and music from the cars, littering and
“Cars were being driven
in a drag racing fashion down some of the straight areas of the
estate, they were being driven carelessly and dangerously and a lot
of drivers were uninsured or didn’t have the correct
To help reduce the problem, a dispersal order was put in place
giving police powers to remove anyone acting in an anti-social
manner from the site. Vehicles being driven carelessly could also
Officers also used a speed gun on Chesterhall Lane to catch
cruisers using the road as a rat run.
The area was
being used as a drag racing strip and we received a lot of
calls about the noise and music from cars, littering and
Sgt Brian Palombella
Sgt Palmobella added: “We used a number of the powers available
to us, one of which entitles a uniformed constable to seize any
vehicle being driven in an anti-social manner, committing a
careless driving offence or being driven off road.
“We had some good successes with that and a number of vehicles
Since the launch of Operation Navy calls made to police relating
to anti-social behaviour on the estate have reduced by around 80
Operation Navy and the dispersal order will run until Friday,
October 1 this year.