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Pair banned over 'car park surfing'

A boy of 17 and a man have been banned from driving for taking part in dangerous "car surfing" circuits around a car park, police said.

CCTV footage released by police shows the pair driving at speed in circles while someone else lies on the roof of their cars, clinging on by their fingertips.

The incident was captured on film in darkness in a car park in North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, on September 5 last year and the pair were sentenced at Chichester Magistrates' Court after admitting dangerous driving.

The 17-year-old boy, from Haslemere, Surrey, who was filmed in the second of two CCTV sequences released by Sussex Police, had only passed his driving test two months earlier.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on January 7 at Chichester Magistrates' Court, police said.

He was sentenced on the same day to a year-long ban from driving and ordered to take an extended re-test. He was also given a 12-week curfew order.

Kieron Burgess, 21, from Common View, Stedham, also admitted dangerous driving on December 6 at the same court.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months, ordered to take a re-test and handed a 120-hour community order by JPs.

Inspector Phil Nicholas, of Sussex Police, said: "Thankfully, no-one was injured during this stupid behaviour, but it could have ended very differently.

"A few minutes of dangerous behaviour has ended with driving bans for these two males. The boy had only passed his driving test two months earlier."


From Belfast Telegraph