A MAN has been handed a driving ban after drifting around a roundabout at a car meet in Basingstoke.

On Friday, August 11, officers received reports of an unauthorised car meet in Stroudley Road. Officers launched an investigation and gathered CCTV images.

Jack Coyne, 29, of Church Road, Ewell, Surrey, pleaded guilty to driving dangerously and drifting at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on February 20.

At his sentencing hearing, which took place on Thursday, April 4, the court was shown CCTV footage of Coyne drifting a blue BMW around a roundabout in front of onlookers.

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Basingstoke Gazette: A still from the CCTV footage

Coyne was handed a community order, which included a three-month curfew and a 12-month driving ban. In addition, he will need to take an extended re-test.

Basingstoke Police Sergeant Pete Scamell said: “We want to stress that anti-social behaviour and anti-social use of vehicles will not be tolerated in Basingstoke.

“We are not against people gathering to show their vehicles and socialising because of their interest in cars. However, we will not tolerate dangerous or illegal activities on our roads.

“We want to keep our community safe and the slightest mistake at a car meet can cause serious injuries or even result in someone losing their life.

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“I want to urge people to think carefully about how they behave on the roads and we know the significant impact these kind of incidents can have on our community.

“We would like to reassure local residents that we take any report of anti-social use of vehicles extremely seriously and our officers will do everything they can to ensure that those responsible will be put before the courts.”

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s cabinet member for communities, partnerships and inclusion, Cllr John McKay, said: “We know that anti-social vehicle use is a big issue for people in the borough and we have been working hard with our partners including the police, businesses and landowners to help tackle this.

“It is really positive to see that this partnership work and the use of CCTV footage has been key in gathering evidence to support this prosecution. I hope that it will deter others from this dangerous behaviour and encourage residents to continue to report it to the police.”