Bid to slash anti-social behaviour in west Leeds flats

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Residents in west Leeds flats could see a reduction in anti-social behaviour and rough sleeping after council bosses were granted an injunction to help protect tenants.

Council tenants in the Clyde and Wortley flats have reported a catalogue of anti-social behaviour, drug use and rough sleeping in communal areas in the blocks in New Wortley.

They claim rough sleepers were sheltering in the stairs and the lifts of the communal areas.

There were also reports of people discovered injecting drugs in communal areas and residents raised concerns over discarded needles and blood spills.

Council officials say residents also discovered urine and faeces on the stairs, in chute rooms and in the lifts of the properties.

Leeds City Council has successfully obtained an open-ended injunction from the County Court against “person’s unknown” in a bid to protect residents from anti-social behaviour and help the authority manage the properties.

If the injunction is breached the council can then apply to have the individual excluded from the area and if they return again they will risk arrest and contempt proceedings.

His Honour Judge Andrew Saffman, who granted the injunction last week, commented that “that this type of behaviour shouldn’t be happening at all” and so he ruled there was no sense in placing a time limit on the injunctions.

Councillor Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services and chair of the Safer Leeds Partnership, praised the injunction.

He said: “Our residents should not have to put up with this type of anti-social and extremely unpleasant behaviour in the communal areas of their homes.

“It is great news that the court has granted us these rare powers to take action against people – even where their identity is unknown.

“By working closely with the police and third sector organisations we can help make the living conditions much more pleasant for the residents of The Clyde and Wortley flats.”

The council’s antisocial behaviour team and housing officers have worked alongside West Yorkshire Police and third sector organisations to tackle the issue.

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