A travellers has told of his "deep shame and embarrassment" after a raft of crashes, attacks and dangerous driving on a notorious Cambridge Road.
They have also apologised to fellow Fen Road and East Chesterton residents following a six-car crash caused by a "street race gone wrong" and a string of other incidents.
The spate of danger driving, road rage attacks, eggings and the firing of air rifles at homes has prompted families to threaten to leave.
Calls have been made for police to talk to people living on the huge Fen Road travellers' site about the incident.
Traveller speaks out
Now for the first time, a traveller who has lived on the Fen Road site for many years has spoken out on behalf of the community.
The grandfather, who asked not to be identified, said: "I'm from the travelling community and have lived on Fen Road for more than 25 years and we are all deeply ashamed of what's been happening.
"It's all down to about five or six youngsters, well men in their 20s and 30s, who are causing all these problems. First and foremost I want to say I am absolutely ashamed of them and totally disgusted.
"We feel as frustrated as the other residents. I have apologised to them in the shops and they say they know it isn't our fault but a small minority."
Motorists sped along the road now described as the city's "wild west".
As drivers attempted to avoid them they were involved in a six-car smash on April 24.
The following day Fen Road was closed for the second time in 24 hours after a vehicle struck the barriers at the level crossing.
It was the second time a hit-and-run driver has struck the barriers in recent months – the last time was in November.
The traveller says the raft of incidents is bringing shame and stigma on his community.
He said: "I'm embarrassed by what's been happening because we have been trying to get away from the stigma we have as a community and this is just bringing it all back.
"In the old days the parents or older members of the community would have had words with them and it would have stopped but that sort of respect is breaking down.
"When I was young I would never have dared do anything like that. We have spoken to their parents and they deny it but we know full well it is their children.
"I have also casually spoken to the police but I feel sorry for them. When they park a police van up on the road the youngsters just ring around and warn each other about it."
History of crime
Fen Road is a mix of residential housing and a large number of industrial sites north of the level crossing, plus more than 200 travellers pitches.
Incidents include a rocket firework being fired from a car at cyclists and pedestrians, drivers deliberately swerving into pedestrians and objects have been thrown at cyclists from passing cars.
In one of scores of incidents the doors of a vehicle were left open as it mounted a pavement to scare pedestrians and youths with air guns have also been shooting through front windows and at passing vehicles.
'We are sorry'
The traveller said: "There are always bad apples but 95 per cent of the travellers are hard-working, decent people and feel ashamed that this bunch are bringing this down on all of us.
"On behalf of the travelling community in Fen Road I want to apologise to the residents and we will do anything we can to stop this happening again before someone is seriously hurt.
"I have grandchildren playing in the area so I want the dangerous driving and speeding to stop as much as anyone else.
"I can't understand why they haven't been arrested but I suppose the police have to gather enough evidence first."
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A meeting about the anti-social behaviour will be held at 7pm on May 8 at Shirley Community Primary School, Nuffield Road, Chesterton.
Police said no arrests have been made after the pile up but that officers are investigating.