Fatality fears over illegal high-speed road races

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Anxious villagers fear it is only a matter of time before there is a fatal accident as a result of reckless drivers using a stretch of the A5 near their homes to hold illegal high-speed road races.

Police are receiving regular complaints about high-performance cars racing each other on Sunday nights between the DIRFT logistic park in Northamptonshire and a truck stop cafe near the Lilbourne turning.

Residents of Crick also claim the impromptu races keep them awake at night and attract spectators in cars and on motorcycles, adding to the area’s traffic problems.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “Someone is going to get killed.I reckon they are racing at speeds of between 100 and 150 miles per hour.

“I was overtaken by one of these boy racers the other night and and had to slam on the brakes or he would have hit an oncoming lorry.”

Julia Cartwright, from the village, said: “I hope the police put a stop to it. The noise is horrendous and shatters a lovely summer evening.

“My husband has to be up at 4am so has to be asleep by 9pm. It’s impossible with the screaming tyres and engines.

“These idiots are there every Sunday and it’s a nightmare for the villagers.

When I called the police they said they had had over 100 calls from villagers complaining of the noise. Apparently there were 60 cars there.”

Josie Marlow, clerk of Crick Parish Council, said: “The police have cracked down on these racers in the past but the problem has got worse again in the last three months. Something needs to be done or there could be a fatality.”