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More action on street racers in West Brom

Dear Resident,

I wanted to share this latest news from Sandwell Council on further action on street racers in West Brom. 

A driver who raced another vehicle and drove at a speed of around 80mph along Kenrick Way in West Bromwich has received a suspended prison sentence.

Oliver Clarke, aged 27, of Addison Terrace, Wednesbury, was involved in street racing – also known as car cruising – along Kenrick Way on 24 March 2024 in breach of the Black Country street racing injunction. Mr Clarke was subsequently arrested and brought before the court on 25 March 2024.

At Birmingham High Court on 7 May 2024, he admitted to driving at approximately 80mph for around 30 seconds on the 40mph dual carriageway while racing another vehicle, driving in convoy and undertaking a vehicle. The judge made a 28-day custodial order suspended for 12 months and Mr Clarke was also ordered to pay costs in the sum of £3,175.30 payable at £100 per month.

In February 2024, the High Court granted a full and final injunction banning street racing, also known as car cruising, in the Black Country.

It forbids anyone who is a driver, rider or passenger in or on a motor vehicle to participate between the hours of 3pm and 7am in a gathering of two or more persons within the Black Country area at which some of those present engage in motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving.

It also covers organisers and spectators, prohibiting people from promoting, organising or publicising gatherings, or from participating in a gathering as a spectator with the intention or expectation that some of those present will engage in street racing.

The injunction covers the whole of the boroughs of Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton and has a Power of Arrest attached to it which gives the police the power to arrest anyone who breaches it. Breach of an injunction is a contempt to court and if proved the court has the power to impose a sentence of imprisonment, a fine, or an order seizing a person’s assets.

For more information about the injunction, please visit the street racing injunction pages of the applicants:

  • Sandwell street racing webpage
  • Dudley street racing webpage
  • Walsall street racing webpage
  • Wolverhampton street racing webpage
  • Incidents of street racing in Sandwell should be reported online to the council or to West Midlands Police on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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