ANGRY bosses at Accrington's multi-million pound Viaduct complex have hit out at "boy racers" who are speeding around their car park, putting their customers lives at risk.
Entertainment chiefs are furious after two cars crashed into the same barrier at the side of the roundabout under the Viaduct within a week.
The complex comprises the Premier Cinema, Accrington Superbowl and a McDonald's drive-thru. Fed-up bosses say large numbers of "boy racers" congregate on the car park on a daily basis.
Cinema manager Toni Carroll said: "We can get anything between six and 30 of them on the car park in the evenings. The majority of the drivers are in their late teens. They play loud music and rev their engines.
"One of the problems is that they drive around the roundabout two or three times and there has been a couple of accidents. They also come tearing into the car park at speeds up to 40 mph.
"It is concerning for all of the businesses on this site with the amount of children who come here. This is a family complex and we want to keep it that way. It's very scary for young children when there are cars speeding around and people are revving their engines."
It is believed the cars are using the site to stage "cruises". Mr Carroll said: "There's a core group from Accrington and others come over from Burnley and Blackburn. They meet up and that's when they have these cruises. Other businesses have the same problems."
Company bosses decided to speak out after two drivers slammed into a metal barrier while showing off to their mates.
Duty manager at the Superbowl site, Jennifer Lloyd, said: "Something needs to be done or it's going to cause a fatality."
Neil Thompson, assistant store manager at McDonald's, added: "One of our main concerns is people dropping litter. We put a lot of effort into making sure the car park is clear of litter. But if the car park is full of cars revving up their engines we won't send out a 17-year-old girl to do it as it would be very intimidating."
The road has now become worn down which is making it slippery. Mr Carroll added: "The surface of the road is partly to blame because the average Joe public can spin their cars there. There's no grip on the side of the road."
A spokesman from Hyndburn Council said the highways department would carry out an inspection of the road. He said: "If there has been an accident the police will contact us and give us the information.
"If we know who is responsible we will issue a bill to that person. It is ultimately the tax payers who foot the bill for the new barriers as the money comes out of the highways budget from the county."