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    Moves to ban boy racers after death crash
    9:45AM Sunday May 20, 2007
    By Jonathan Marshall

    Friends Lisa Thomas, left, and Helen Nabney said Scott Finn 'always made us smile and laugh'. Photo / Michael Craig

    Moves are afoot to ban boy racers from the Tauranga area after a high speed smash left a youth dead.

    Scott Jarrod Finn, aged 20, was killed when he was struck by a car during an illegal boy racer event in an industrial area of Mt Maunganui early yesterday morning.

    Two teenagers, aged 16 and 18, have been charged with the manslaughter of Mr Finn who was reportedly hit by a car travelling at up to 160km/h.

    About 100 boy racers last night staged a driveby past the accident scene.

    Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby told Radio New Zealand today that boy racers gathered in groups of up to 100 in industrial areas around Mt Maunganui and Papamoa making them impossible to manage.

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    Meanwhile, down in Christchurch......

    Police criticised as racers hit back
    By IAN STEWARD - The Press | Wednesday, 23 May 2007

    Christchurch boy racers hit back at their critics yesterday, saying police victimisation has driven them to the outer fringes of society.

    Yesterday, The Press met a 15-person delegation from the boy-racer community to seek their side of the story.

    Led by 33-year-old mother and self-professed car nut Tania Westaway-King, the group said police targeted them and "made up the rules as they went along".

    All those present had been "green stickered" by police at some point, which meant their car had been declared unfit for the road due to offences such as excessive suspension lowering or a too-noisy exhaust. Over half had been arrested.

    Shaun Hounsell, 19, said he owed $24,000 in fines and was constantly hounded by police who drove past his house frequently, knew him by his first name, and searched his car without provocation.

    "The police attitude gets us racked up," he said. "If they keep going how they are going they will just push us out further."

    The group, mainly in their late teens and early 20s, said they did not feel they had anybody in officialdom they could talk to.

    They said car enthusiasts were already moving further out to get away from the police.

    This had caused conflict in rural areas such as near roads around Ruapuna speedway where residents had spread "Z nails" on the roads, endangering drivers' lives. Police had done nothing about it.

    The group accepted there was an edgy element to boy racers and said this made them defiant towards police action.

    "The harder they make it for us, the harder we'll make it for them," one said. "Car enthusiasts have been around forever. They were doing the same thing 30 years ago. It's not going to go away."

    Over 1200 cars attended a recent summer cruise involving people aged 15 to 40 years. Whole families were involved.

    The boy racers said that if a reasonably priced place was provided for them to congregate, race and "do burn-outs" it would be well-attended.

    Jason Hepi, who has been defending the boy racers with letters to The Press, said the situation was similar to the city's skateboarder problem.

    "They had skaters in Cathedral Square. They built them a skate park and the problem went away."

    Previous efforts to provide tracks for boy racers had been over-priced or short-lived, such as Ruapuna speedway which no longer allowed them to attend, the group said.

    Travis Hood, 30, said that in his native Australia car enthusiasts were offered a variety of courses to teach them how to handle high-powered cars in a controlled environment.

    The boy racers said 15 years was too young an age for ownership of a high-powered car. They recommended raising the driving age or having restrictions on the type of cars under-18s could drive.

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    Hoons face clampdown
    5:00AM Saturday May 26, 2007
    By Chris Barton

    Britain's flagship policy for curbing antisocial behaviour may be adopted in New Zealand.

    Police Minister Annette King is considering employing anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) as a way to overcome Bill of Rights problems with banning individuals and gang patches in public.

    They could also be used to tackle neighbours from hell, out-of-control youths, and low-level crime, even though they have had only limited success in the UK.

    Introduced in 1998, the orders are made in civil court to stop individuals entering particular areas or engaging in specific activities such as intimidation, wearing certain clothes or public swearing. Breaches are punishable by up to five years in prison.

    Because ASBOs are heard in civil courts, complaints do not have to be proven beyond reasonable doubt, merely judged on the balance of probability. Hearsay evidence is also admissible, leading to disquiet about anonymous tip-offs and witch-hunts.

    A spokesperson for Ms King's office confirmed the minister was looking at what was in place in Britain and investigating ASBOs further. The possibility of ASBOs here comes about because of Rotorua District Council's intention to pass a bylaw to ban repeat offenders from entering its CBD.

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