It looks as though joyriders are again organising unofficial car rallies and burn-outs on Wednesday nights in Cosmeston Lakes Country Park – on the outskirts of Penarth.
South Wales Police are investigating the discovery of a burned-out Ford hatchback car last night in the tree-covered parking ground of the park . There appeared to be no one in the car at the time of the fire.
The car registration WM03UWD (originally painted black- but it’s been burned to bare metal) was a 1299cc 2003 model and still had valid vehicle excise tax but the MOT certificate had expired at the end of August.
Cosmeston Park Staff say they are not allowed to move the vehicle until the police give permission.
In 2014 residents living in the Lavernock Road area of Penarth had complained to the police about the then-regular late-night activities of “petrolheads” in Cosmeston Country Park – which they used as a night-time venue for their “Top Gear” style car-drifting antics.
Gangs of up to 40 young drivers were descending on Cosmeston every Wednesday night to drive their cars in “donuts” – with tyres smoking – or use fields in the park for impromptu rally-cross races. Now it looks as though they are back.
Police say they have powers under Section 59 of the police reform act to take action against anyone driving in an “anti-social manner” – even on private land without permission of the owner . On a first occasion they can be “warned” and if the offence is repeated anywhere in their own or someone else’s car – the vehicle can be seized and impounded.