Police vow to take further action following illegal street race

Police officers are contacting drivers following an illegal street race on the A34 Wilmslow bypass earlier this month following further investigations.

Police received calls from concerned residents on Sunday 5th December regarding over 100 vehicles being driven dangerously, speeding and creating excess noise.

At the time officers arrested one man and gave more than 30 tickets to drivers. A 22-year-old man from Leeds was also arrested on suspicion of endangering aircraft and causing danger to road users with his use of a drone. He has since been released under investigation pending further enquires.Today, Cheshire Police have provided an update on their investigation into the street racing.

A spokesperson said "Roads & Crime Unit officers and the Digital Forensic Examiners have reviewed footage & collected evidence. We'll now contact the registered keepers to identify the drivers & take action."

Anyone with footage or pictures of the event, is requested to let the police know via the online reporting function and quote IML 1149233.

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David Nelson
Wednesday 15th December 2021 at 3:22 pm
Good.
Christopher Evans
Sunday 19th December 2021 at 2:31 pm
If the call for average speed monitoring cameras with number plate and driver facial recognition had been installed, the Police would have a much easier job of bringing offenders to justice.

Mr John Dwyer, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire since 08h May 2021; why was this call for average speed monitoring cameras rejected?
David Smith
Tuesday 21st December 2021 at 9:43 am
CHRISTOPHER EVANS:
Why do people like you still think it is a problem of SPEED by suggesting it will be solved by installing average speed cameras?
With all that has recently been said and EXPLAINED in Wilmslow.co.uk about the nature of this problem comments like yours just show to the rest of us that you do not have a clue what you are talking about.
If you feel hard done by such a comment, spend a bit of your time by looking at some of the past discussion.
The problem is NOISE, which is not caused by speed alone but by modified exhausts.

Start you education and path to understanding here.
How many vehicles in the following two clips are SPEEDING?
Many of them are stopped with the handbrake applied and going at 0mph but still able to make a noise - so an average speed camera isn’t going to be much use here is it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5UIwbQVc-g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlicRR-t_0U

Read and UNDERSTAND all the comments in the following link.
Then form an opinion as to whether Councillor Craig Browne knows any better than you as to how to solve this problem. We don’t mind if you haven’t a clue but he is embarked on spending our money on a plan that will not work either!
https://www.alderleyedge.com/news/article/22109/over-100-vehicles-gather-in-wilmslow-for-illegal-street-racing?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter1354

Then by all means, let’s hear form you again so we can really know what you think.
Vince Chadwick
Tuesday 21st December 2021 at 10:58 am
The problem isn't just noise, though that is anti-social enough. Sudden acceleration at low speed in a powerful car can easily lead to immediate loss of control with a very real danger of damage and injury to others, including pedestrians.

There are some examples of such loss of control here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LidF1gF3YQ
David Smith
Tuesday 21st December 2021 at 11:40 am
Yes Vince.
We seem to have been here before!
If you can't recall - have a look at the postings in this link from 6th June 2021:

https://www.alderleyedge.com/news/article/21587/officers-respond-to-concerns-about-anti-social-driving-in-the-village

The problem, however, IS just noise. If these cars DIDN'T make a noise they wouldn't be driving in this way! There would be no point because there would be no call that is saying "LOOK AT ME!" It is all a show of something - testosterone, moronity(?), wannabe boy racers, two fingers to the residents of our towns, "I'm a dickhead but don't care", flash-Harry's.....I don't know. Please add your own description of what you think.

High specification Tesla Electric Cars can out-perform most of the vehicles that are being driven in this anti-social manner. These Tesla cars are almost SILENT - but, guess what? They will never be the vehicles of choice for these morons in their noise buckets because they are SILENT and make NO NOISE - which is the attraction of it all and not speed.
Stuart Redgard
Tuesday 21st December 2021 at 9:35 pm
#David Smith

May I ask a question?

Did you attend the public meeting to discuss speeding and anti-social behaviour on the A34 in Wilmslow and Alderley Edge on Thursday 23rd September at Wilmslow Parish Hall?

https://tinyurl.com/ycks2hfv

If like me you did, then you seem to have a very selective memory of the event.

Fortunately, the "Key points and actions from A34 public meeting" were the focus of an article on this very site which can be found here. https://tinyurl.com/24er45ds

Both speeding and noise were raised as issues, so "comments like yours just show to the rest of us that you do not have a clue what you are talking about." ("your own words" used in your comment of TUESDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2021 AT 9:43 AM)

If you disagree then please feel free to respond.
Stuart Redgard
Wednesday 22nd December 2021 at 9:28 pm
#David Smith

I refer to your comment to Christopher Evans on Tuesday 21st December at 9:43am.

In it you state, “comments like yours just show to the rest of us that you do not have a clue what you are talking about.”

Your comment suggests to me that you are actually the one who does not have a clue what they are talking about.

I attended the meeting held at Wilmslow Parish Hall on Thursday 23rd September called by the Police & Crime Commissioner (John Dwyer).

It was called “to discuss speeding and anti-social behaviour on the A34 in Wilmslow and Alderley Edge.”

Did you attend this meeting?

If you did, then I can only assume that you have a very selective memory.

The key points and actions from the A34 public meeting were the subject of an article on this very site dated Friday 8th October 2021.

Available to read at : https://tinyurl.com/24er45ds

You will see that both speeding and noise were covered. There is also a comment from John Duckworth saying: “I am sorry I didn't attend the public meeting and after reading the results of the meeting feel it covered all issues so a positive meeting - well done.”

So David, the problem might be just noise to you, but to the attendees of the meeting, and to others on this site such as Vince Chadwick and I, we think it is both speeding and noise.

Do you really still think that, we do not have a clue what we are talking about?
John Duckworth
Thursday 23rd December 2021 at 7:46 am
I saw 4 high powered vehicle all trying to out do each other by reving their engines - in the town centre Water Lane.

Kids need stopping from taking pictures of high performance cars Pendleton Way at the Alderley Edge roundabout, they are encouraging the drivers to go faster, and some of the idiots are obliging.

I can't recall seeing a police presence ! They know about it are they incable of sorting such situations out.
Christopher Evans
Saturday 8th January 2022 at 4:24 pm
So Mr Smith, controlling decibel count is more important than road safety and more important than limiting the speed limit to a rate that is appropriate to the road.

Perhaps, you should lobby for more stringent and more frequent MOT noise abetment testing on all motor / electric vehicles irrespective of their age.

You may have ideas on how to punish the owners of vehicles that exceed an agreed decibel count whilst driving infernal combustion engine vehicles on our neighbourhood roads but so far, your silence on this subject is deafening.

All I was suggesting, was to make it easier and less costly for Cheshire Constabulary to identify and fine speeding offenders.

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