Warning over Basingstoke Leisure Park car surfing
- 9 August 2012
- From the section Hampshire & Isle of Wight
Hampshire police have issued a warning about the "reckless and dangerous" craze known as car surfing after two men's actions were caught on CCTV.
Christopher Wannell and Thomas King, both 21, of Basingstoke, were seen standing on top of moving vehicles in the Leisure Park car park in the town.
They later pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving and were fined.
Police said such actions could lead to serious injuries or death and warned they would prosecute anyone caught.
Sgt Andy Tester said: "Car surfing is simply dangerous and a major concern for the community in Basingstoke, especially around Leisure Park.
"Christopher Wannell was standing up on a moving car being driven by an unlicensed driver.
"Any sharp breaking or impact could have led to him falling off and suffering serious injuries or death.
"Members of the public using the car park walking to their vehicle would have seen how reckless and dangerous it was and feared for their own safety or damage to their own vehicles.
"Thankfully no-one was hurt but the conviction goes to show that we will listen to people concerns about dangerous and anti-social behaviour and respond robustly and prosecute those involved."
Wannell and King were fined £150 each and ordered to pay £150 costs each after admitting the stunt in August last year.
The CCTV was shown to the judge at Winchester Crown Court during the hearing on 30 July.
Wannell, of Wilmott Way, Winklebury, and King of Wrekin Close, Buckskin, also received six points on their driving licences.