High Court continues interim Black Country street racing ban into February

The High Court has continued an injunction prohibiting people from participating in ‘a gathering of people engaging in motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving’.

It covers the whole of the boroughs of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall and anyone breaching it will be in contempt of court and could face penalties including imprisonment, a fine or an order to have their assets seized.

The interim injunction, which is served against ‘persons unknown’, was initially granted by The Honourable Mrs Justice Hill in December, and reviewed by The Honourable Mr Justice Freedman at the High Court in Birmingham on 13 February, 2023.

Highlighting the need for such an injunction, The Honourable Mr Justice Freedman referenced an incident in Oldbury last autumn which caused two deaths and which was "linked unequivocally to car cruising", along with other incidents causing harm in Stevenage, Warrington and Scunthorpe involving fatalities and life-changing injuries.

He permitted the original order to continue, with a further hearing to take place in May to consider whether the interim injunction should remain in force or be amended.

This will be held on Monday 15 May 2023 at 10.30am at the Birmingham District Registry at The Priory Courts on Bull Street in the city centre.

The application was led by the City of Wolverhampton Council on behalf of Dudley Council, Sandwell Council and Walsall Council, and supported by West Midlands Police.


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