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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 July 2006, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
Car seized after girl is drenched
A 17-year-old who drove through a puddle, soaking a teenage girl, has had his car seized by police.

Officers in Gainsborough, Lincs, had given the youth a warning on a previous occasion after they had received complaints about his driving.

He then drenched the girl who was waiting at a bus stop in Saxilby.

The teenager had to pay 105 plus an additional daily charge to get his car back after officers seized it under the Police Reform Act 2002.

The last thing this girl was expecting was to be drenched from head to toe by this car
Pc Martin Clarke

Community beat manager Pc Martin Clarke said: "This action sends a strong message that we will not tolerate the anti-social use of vehicles in our communities.

"The last thing this girl was expecting was to be drenched from head to toe by this car. Another vehicle shortly before this incident had managed to avoid the puddle."

He said that the youth had been issued with a notice warning him that his car would be seized if his behaviour continued.

The Police Reform Act gives police the power to seize vehicles "that are being used in a manner that constitutes an offence or is deemed to cause alarm, distress or annoyance".

Pc Clarke added: "We're pleased that people came forward and gave statements in support of this case.

"It was a reckless act and the youth has had to pay a hefty price to get his car back."

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