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New barriers installed to deter boy racers

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New barriers have been installed at a supermarket car park in a bid to stop it becoming a meeting point for hundreds of boy racers.

Complaints have been made about groups gathering at Aldi in Moxley at night and then racing along the Black Country New Road.

The store just off the High Street agreed to take action to stop motorists congregating at the car park.

It comes as police are looking to get an injunction to tackle car cruising in the Black Country.

There have been long-standing issues in Moxley, particularly on Sunday evenings after the store has shut, as the racers and crowds meet and gather at the island.

See also: Police helicopter called in 'boy racer' concerns.

Darlaston South Councillor Chris Bott, who has been pushing for action together with other local councillors and residents, said: "We welcome the barriers being installed.

"We've campaigned for several months with residents and police who have attended local meetings.

"The residents have been sick to death with the problems. It has been a nightmare with the boy racers congregating on the car park.

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"It has been going on for about 18 months. There's hundreds of them that congregate in Moxley. They keep people up at night.

"We hope now that there's a light at the end of the tunnel."

Police have also been carrying out operations in the area.

See also: Police step up patrols in Black Country boy racer crackdown.

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The final details of an injunction aimed at stopping car cruising in the streets of the Black Country are being drawn up.

All four Black Country councils are teaming up to apply to the High Court for an injunction which could see people who participate in or watch car cruising events jailed for up to two years.

Similar powers were brought into force in Cannock, near to Orbital and Linkway retail parks, to tackle the problem of boy racers.

See also: Black Country boy racing injunction moves step closer.

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