Boy racers banned from swathe of east London after complaints about ‘The Fast and the Furious’ drift events

Boy racers who turned an east London industrial estate into “something out of the Fast and the Furious” have been banned from meet-ups under a new council crackdown.

Any drivers taking part in street races or performing stunts could face a fine of up to £1,000, thanks to a new Public Space Protection Order.

The order also gives police officers and the council the power to fine those who attend ‘road racing’ events simply to watch.

It comes after hundreds of spectators began descending on Choats Road, in an industrial estate in Dagenham, to watch souped-up cars race at speed.

The events sparked complaints from nearby residents who said their lives were being made a misery, with the high pitch roars of engines audible from up to half a mile away.


Hundreds of souped-up cars and spectators would descend on Choats Road for events

Petrolheads were even coating the street in oil to make high speed “drift turns” easier around a roundabout. Videos of the dangerous manoeuvres have been uploaded to Youtube.

Councillor Laila Butt, the council’s cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said the order was introduced for a large section of the borough following complaints from residents.

She said: “We have listened to our residents which is why we are showing the red flag to the irresponsible boy racers and petrol heads who are not only jeopardising their own safety but others around them.

“A whole swathe of the borough will be off limits to these boy racers who think they can use our streets as Silverstone or Brands Hatch.”

The order bans activities including speeding, driving in convoy, racing, performing stunts, revving engines and wheel spins.

It is thought to be the first time a ban of its type had been used in London to stop street racing.

Earlier this year, residents said they welcomed the council’s attempts to crackdown on the practice.

Security worker Melody Mbowe, 50, who works just off Choats Road, said: “I find it scary. There are sometimes hundreds of cars and motorbikes here on Friday and Saturday nights.

“They drive very fast and it’s very loud – it’s just a matter of time before someone gets hurt.”

Kevin Hayland, 61, who lives close to the site, said: “I got overtaken on Choats Road by a bike going at 65mph. There were so many cars and people it was like something out of Fast and the Furious.”

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