Sliding gates have gone up around a car park in Marlow to stop boy racers who have been described as using it like a Grand Prix track.

People living along Pound Lane have been kept awake by the drivers, who rev their cars, shriek tyres and blast out loud music, the Bucks Free Press reports.

Neighbours grew so tired of the disruption that they came together to campaign the council to put forward the £2,000 needed to purchase security barriers to stop the troublesome racers.

They recorded 13 or 14 disturbances every month from October to February.

Resident Richard Moore told the newspaper: "The sort of trouble we were getting was drivers just mindlessly revving their engines, tooting their horns for no apparent reason, people playing music with windows down loudly.

"Quite often we'd be woken as late as 02:30 by more of the revving of engines and screaming of tyres."

Mr Moore said the barrier was "exactly what we wanted and I'm very pleased with the outcome", the newspaper reported.

The sliding gates mean the car park will be locked from 22:00 to 07:00 on weekdays and until 09:30 on weekends.

Recently, crash barriers were put up to stop off-road motorbike riders ruining woodland in Tyne and Wear.

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