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A man has been handed a £3,000 court bill for racing another driver on a busy Black Country road at speeds of around 80mph

Oliver Clarke was also caught driving in a convoy and driving another vehicle as he sped along Kenrick Way, West Bromwich, at high speed for around half a minute on the 40mph road.

The incident took place on March 24 this year.

The 27-year-old, of Addison Terrace, Wednesbury, was arrested and brought before Birmingham High Court on May 7, where he admitted the incident.

The judge handed down a 28-day detention order, suspended for 12 months, and Clarke was ordered to pay costs of £3,175.30 payable at £100 per month.

Leader of Sandwell Council, Councilor Kerrie Carmichael, said: “The people of West Bromwich have been really concerned about street racing on Kenrick Way, so I am pleased to see further action being taken to tackle this very dangerous and anti-social behaviour.

“This is the fourth successful court case in the last year where street racers have been brought to justice for breaching the banning order in Kenrick Way.

“We will continue to work together with the police and other partner organizations to keep people safe and tackle anti-social behaviour.”

In February, the High Court issued a complete and final injunction banning street racing, also known as car cruising, in the Black Country.

Prohibits anyone who is a driver, rider or passenger in or on a motor vehicle from participating between the hours of 3pm and 7am in an assembly of two or more persons in the Black Country area where some of those present are engaged in motor racing or motor stunts or other dangerous or obstructive driving.

It also covers organizers and spectators, prohibiting people from promoting, organizing or advertising gatherings or attending a gathering as a spectator with the intention or expectation that some of those present will engage in street racing.

The injunction covers the whole of the boroughs of Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton and has a power of arrest attached which gives the police the power to arrest anyone who breaches it. Breaching an injunction is in contempt of court and, if proven, the court has the power to impose a prison sentence, a fine or an order confiscating a person’s assets.

Boroughs in the Black Country have used High Court bans on car traffic for the past two decades.

Several major roads in the region, including the Black Country Route and Birmingham New Road, and in the Cannock area of ​​neighboring Staffordshire, have been the subject of injunctions in recent years.