Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Police's Boy-Racer War Has Wrecked Our Hobby

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Police's Boy-Racer War Has Wrecked Our Hobby

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Byline: By Matt Casey

Meet the mother-of-two who wants to set the record straight as to why she is a cruiser.

Jaime Carr, 28, is one of the many owners of "souped-up" or customised cars from across the North East who like to gather on weekend nights for meetings known as cruises.

And she is angry that clampdowns by police and councils in the region over boy racers attracted to the events have spoiled their image and ruined their hobby.

Jaime runs a website for cruisers and her pride and joy is her 1995 Clio 16v candy-red 1800.

Yesterday police said boy racers risked losing their cars if they misbehaved in car parks in and around Chester-le-Street, County Durham.

Jamie, from Sunderland, said: "Over the past couple of years in the North East there has been a serious clampdown by the local police forces in regards to cruising.

"A major example of this would be Spiller's Wharf on Newcastle Quayside. When this site was open, it used to attract cruisers in their hundreds every Saturday night. The area would be full of cruisers, basically friends who gather to socialise and talk about cars.

"Cruising is a hobby and, as with every hobby, we want to show off our efforts by meeting others and talking to them about it.

"That's what real cruisers are. We are friends with the same interest and back when Spiller's was open, it was always a place we could meet up.

"Once that closed, the cruise scene in Newcastle died.

"Then there was the Arnison Centre in Durham.

"This has always been quite busy but then police clamped down on a few things.

"Yes, it is their job to keep the streets safe, but the only problems with the police and councils now are over a few incidents over the past couple of years.

"They see cruisers as the enemy. This is 100% wrong.

"The majority of cruisers love their cars and keep them 100% legal. …

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