Police clampdown on boy racers between Barnsley and Rotherham

Police have set up position on a road between Barnsley and Rotherham on the spot where missiles were hurled at police cars last week.

Sunday, 16th September 2018, 18:28 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th September 2018, 18:47 pm
Police on the Dearne Valley Parkway. Picture: SYP Ops.

Officers from South Yorkshire Police's Operational Support Unit have parked up on Dearne Valley Parkway near Cortonwood Retail Park folloiwng a number of car enthusiast gatherings.

Police said evening and weekend '˜car meets' at the retail park are common and officers said hundreds of people attended last Sunday.

Police on the Dearne Valley Parkway. Picture: SYP Ops.

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In a Facebook post, South Yorkshire Police's operational support unit said although the '˜vast majority' of those at the meet were '˜enjoying themselves' a '˜small minority were causing problems for the rest'.

They found some motorists using the Dearne Valley Parkway as a race track while '˜hundreds' of spectators lined the route.

One uninsured motorist in a Ford Fiesta was stopped after being caught driving at over 100mph.

In a post on Twitter the unit said: 'Te Roads Policing Group are now engaged at Cortonwood and the surrounding highways.

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'We want car enthusiasts to enjoy their cars, but only in a safe and lawful manner. We will take a zero tolerance approach to poor driving and offences.'