Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - CRAIG SIMP­SON craig.simp­son@reach­ Twit­ter: @Craig_Simp­son_

SHOCK­ING stunts caught on cam­era shows the un­der­ground world of street rac­ing in Hilling­don which au­thor­i­ties are “strug­gling to tackle”.

Car parks have been burned black with singed rub­ber by dar­ing bik­ers and driv­ers.

As­tound­ing footage cap­tures the pop­u­lar­ity and po­ten­tial dan­gers of street rac­ing meet-ups in Hayes which have drawn crowds and the anger of lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

Riders per­form­ing wheel­ies on spi­ralling mo­tor­bikes and pow­er­ful cars revving into speedy loops of smok­ing tyres have been caught on film.

It is hoped that pro­posed Pub­lic Space Pro­tec­tion Or­ders will stamp out the “anti-so­cial” driv­ing in these re­tail car parks but au­thor­i­ties are strug­gling to cope with the well-pro­moted events.

Un­der­ground gath­er­ings have seen large num­bers turn out to see souped-up cars on dis­play with dar­ing driv­ers strut­ting their stuff in stunts which have left spec­ta­tors inches from death.

Footage cap­tured at the mee­tups shows ea­ger fans of the stunts stun­ningly close to the speed­ing cars.

These cars have been spot­ted in the car park of the Asda su­per­store in Pinkwell and in the Hayes re­tail park where one driver per­formed rapid, rub­ber-burn­ing loops be­tween pil­lars and on­look­ers.

Souped-up ve­hi­cles have also been filmed with large crowds at the Hayes Bridge Re­tail Park.

Bik­ers have been filmed pulling rapid wheel­ies while driv­ers be­hind the wheel of for­mi­da­ble cars use their pow­er­ful en­gines to screech into skids, loops and “drift” into cor­ners.

Af­ter calls for ac­tion be­fore some­one loses their life at one of the mee­tups – where fans get dan­ger­ously close to the fast-mov­ing ve­hi­cles to take pic­tures and film – but au­thor­i­ties have ad­mit­ted they are strug­gling to deal with street rac­ing.

Coun­cil­lor Ray Pud­di­foot, Leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil, said: “Over the past two years, the po­lice across Lon­don have been strug­gling to tackle these sorts of is­sues with in­creas­ingly lim­ited re­sources and we need the po­lice to put a stop to this be­hav­iour, which is caus­ing a se­ri­ous nui­sance to res­i­dents.

“Whilst we are work­ing to strengthen po­lice pow­ers by prepar- ing to in­tro­duce a new Pub­lic Space Pro­tec­tion Or­der (PSPO) that will al­low them to crack down on an­ti­so­cial driv­ing, large gath­er­ings and the pro­mo­tion of such events on so­cial me­dia, these will only be as ef­fec­tive as the po­lice re­sources avail­able to en­force them.

“The PSPO will cover ar­eas where con­cerns have been raised by res­i­dents.

“We hope to bring this into force later in the sum­mer, once res­i­dents and com­mu­nity groups have been ap­pro­pri­ately con­sulted.’’

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A dan­ger­ous dis­play of driv­ing in the car park of Asda, Hayes

Bik­ers per­form for the crowds that the coun­cil are ‘strug­gling’ to han­dle

Rub­ber burn­ing from the skid­ding Mercedes as a spec­ta­tor stands within the cir­cling rings of the car

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