Crackdown on house-party hotspots in Leeds will be music to neighbours’ ears

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SCORES of hard-partying households have been served with stop notices and enforcement visits after police and council chiefs launched a crackdown on inconsiderate revellers making their neighbours’ lives a misery.

After a recent spike in wild parties - and of subsequent complaints - the city’s authorities have stepped up efforts to stop gatherings getting out of hand.

Enforcement teams have started patrolling streets in the city’s house-party hotspots, offering advice. They say they don’t want to be party poopers - but revellers need to be considerate.

Most recently, the team have been focusing their efforts in the student-heavy Headingley and Hyde Park areas, making over 120 visits in the last month alone. They have also issued around 100 section 80 abatement notices – a legal notice that carries a fine of up to £5,000 if ignored.

The team can also apply to the magistrates’ court to seize sound systems, speakers, decks and other equipment that cause the noise nuisance.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for cleaner, stronger and safer communities, said: “We’re not setting out to be party poopers. We’re trying to achieve a balance where people can enjoy themselves without having a negative effect or causing a major disturbance in residential communities.

“The anti-social behaviour team are seeing an increasing trend for large, organised parties which, in the right location, we have absolutely no issue with. But when set to take place in the middle of a residential street we need people to know that despite their best intentions, things may quickly get out of their control. If we can help people with advice which allows them to make informed choices then communities are more content and we can stop a real drain on resources.”

One recent case saw officers stepping in after residents received notification of a party, which had 200 invited guests and was expected to run until 6am. Reports of security being brought in and noise from live DJ sets alarmed local people. But after chatting to the anti-social behaviour team, the organisers scaled back the party.

The YEP reported last week that one Freshers’ Week house party in Hyde Park got so wild that all nine tenants were given written warnings.

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