Police put brakes on dangerous drivers in Asda car park

SEIZED ... police take away a car whose driver was targeted as part of Operation Dragoon at Asda in Boldon.
SEIZED ... police take away a car whose driver was targeted as part of Operation Dragoon at Asda in Boldon.
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DANGEROUS and anti-social drivers who were pulling stunts in a supermarket car park have been targeted in a police clampdown.

Officers made several arrests and seized cars after responding to concerns from people in Boldon Colliery about motorists gathering and driving dangerously in the car park at Asda in North Road.

Weekends during November saw the Operation Dragoon team carry out extra patrols at the store, stopping and speaking to drivers gathering in the area.

Five vehicles were seized - two for being uninsured, two for being driven in a careless or anti-social manner and one for undisclosed performance modifications.

One man was arrested on suspicion of insurance fraud and two men were summonsed to court for driving without insurance.

Chief Inspector John Heckels said: “Operation Dragoon is about making the roads safe for everyone.

“We are working to identify dangerous drivers and take action against them, and our aim is to help save lives and improve road safety.

“People rang us and told us that on weekends drivers were gathering at Asda and driving dangerously in the car park.

“We had reports of people doing handbrake turns and driving at dangerous speeds.

“This behaviour was putting people’s lives at risk, so we responded and took action.

“Five people had their cars seized and taken from them. They now have to go through the process of getting them back as well as possibility of facing criminal proceedings.

“This could have all been avoided if they had ensured they were legal to be driving them and they were driving safely.

“This shows that if people tell us about dangerous drivers or driving then we take action.

“The feedback we’ve had from the public for Op Dragoon so far has been really positive, and we’d like to thank people for their support.

“We need the public to tell us when and where dangerous driving is happening so we can respond. Report it to the Operation Dragoon team by ringing 101.”