Desperate residents are hoping a new dispersal order will silence the screeching tyres and blaring horns of the boy racers who have turned a retail park into a racing circuit.
They have had to endure a waking nightmare with the sound of screaming tyres and souped-up engines echoing through their homes until as late at 2am as the gangs roar round The Bridges retail park in Whitehaven, in Cumbria.
But now they hope a new dispersal order, which gives police the power to move on the menace motorists, will be the answer to their prayers.
The order runs until December 25, with the option of an extension, and anyone who breaches it could be fined or even jailed.
Meanwhile, residents in Mold, in Flintshire, have had little success solving a similar living nightmare.
Barriers were put up to stop the boy racers congregating in the local Aldi car park, but the selfish drivers have switched to another area instead.
One angry woman, who spoke out on behalf of her elderly parents, said:“Their exhausts have been modified to make them louder, which combined with the screeching of tyres, loud music and shouting means it’s impossible for anyone in the vicinity to get a good night’s sleep and it’s been this way for five years.
“A change in the law making it illegal to modify your exhaust would help.
“My parents can’t open their windows, they’ve moved to the back bedroom, but every night they go to bed and just lie there waiting for it to start – it’s very stressful.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team