Sgt Mark McQuade, of Castle Point neighbourhood policing team, says sending officers to the Roscommon Way area is only a short-term solution and changes are needed to make it less attractive to what he terms “racing enthusiasts” .And what the rest of us would term ‘lawbreakers’ and wonder just why the police suddenly feel that’s none of their concern…
He wants Essex County Council to put up CCTV cameras, and better lighting so the offenders and be caught on camera.
He would also like to see a special road surface laid to make it harder for racers to skid noisily around the road’s twin roundabouts.
He also thinks putting up gates to close part of the road overnight might be worth considering.Oh, is that all? Anything else he’d like?
Sgt McQuade said: “This is a local highways problem, not a police problem.”Umm, no. People speeding and driving dangerously are a police problem, no matter how you try to swerve it. You don’t get to ignore shoplifters on the grounds that the supermarkets have open shelves, or battered wives of the grounds that , well, ‘she married him!’, do you?
I bet you’d like to, but still…
“We understand it is difficult to come up with the money for this work, but we can only provide assistance in the short term.”No, since it’s your actual job, you’ll provide assistance any time there’s an incident. It’s what you are paid to do.
Sgt McQuade added: “These are not yobs, or the typical boy racers. They are racing enthusiasts and they come from all over to go to the town, knowing half a mile away there is a lovely circuit for them to race round. ”Except…it isn’t. It’s a road. Built at great expense for people to drive on.