VIDEO: Midhurst car surfers banned from driving

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A 17-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man have been banned from driving after taking part in the dangerous activity of car surfing.

The two males were caught on police CCTV driving in circles while someone else was laying on the roof around the car park in North Street in Midhurst on September 5 last year.

Kieron Burgess, 21, of Common View, Stedham, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on 6 December and was sentenced on the same day at Chichester Magistrates’ Court.

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

A 17-year-old boy from Haslemere, Surrey, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on 7 January and was sentenced on the same day at Chichester Magistrates’ Court. He was disqualified from driving for a year and ordered to take an extended re-test. He was also given a 12-week curfew order.

Inspector Phil Nicholas, of West Downs Road Policing Unit, 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.

“I would urge anyone who may be pressured by friends to take part in car surfing to think about the consequences. You could end up in jail or with serious injuries - or worse.”

Anyone who would like to report incidents of anti-social driving can visit www.operationcrackdown.org or by calling 0845 60 70 999.