Street racing injunction to continue acros the Black Country

An interim injunction banning street racing in the Black Country has been permitted to continue by the High Court.

The news comes a day after two individuals were given suspended jail sentences for breaching it.

The interim injunction prohibits people from participating, as a driver, a rider or a passenger, in a gathering of two or more people at which some of those present engage 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.

Anthony Paul Gale, of Oakenfield, Lichfield, and Wiktoria Anna Szczublinska, of Reynoldstown Road, Birmingham, appeared before the High Court in Birmingham on Tuesday 3 October, 2023 and pleaded guilty to contempt of court after breaching the injunction.

Gale, who was seen racing at 80mph in a 40mph zone at Kenrick Way, West Bromwich, on the evening of Sunday 28 May, 2023, was given 23 days imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

Szczublinska, who was seen racing at 90mph in the same 40mph zone on the same night, was given 28 days imprisonment, also suspended for 12 months. Both sentences were suspended on condition that Gale and Szczublinska comply with the street racing injunction. Further defendants are due to appear before the court in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, at the High Court on Wednesday 4 October, 2023, the the interim injunction will continue, with Her Honour Judge Kelly ordering that a further review hearing be held on 20 December 2023 with a final hearing on 27 and 28 February, 2024.

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.

Incidents of street racing should be reported via email or to West Midlands Police on 101.

In an emergency, always dial 999.


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