Leeds police seize DJ equipment from Hyde Park and Headingley homes urging students 'to be considerate'

Police have urged Leeds students to be 'considerate of families' following noise nuisance complaints.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 4:45 pm

Officers from the Leeds North West Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) joined Leeds City Council's Anti Social Behaviour Team to search four houses in Hyde Park and Headingley this week.

The four properties had already been issued with Section 80 Noise Abatement Notices following complaints from residents.

Police said the occupants continued to "generate excessive noise" and officers have now seized music equipment from the properties.

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The four properties had already been issued with Section 80 Noise Abatement Notices following complaints from residents (Photo: WYP)

The equipment can be requested back after 28 days, at a cost.

A spokesperson for the Leeds North West NPT said: "Headingley and Hyde Park are not only student accommodation, they are residential areas, occupied by families.

"Please be considerate of your neighbours."

It comes after residents living in a number of properties in LS6 had their sound equipment seized last month after failing to heed a series of warnings regarding noise nuisance.

Police said the occupants continued to "generate excessive noise" (Photo: WYP)

Any residents that ignore warnings regarding noise nuisance will face further action, the council said.

Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for Safer Leeds, said at the time: “We know the misery that noise nuisance can have on the day-to-day lives of our residents and communities, and we will not hesitate to use all of the options available to us to put a stop to it immediately.

“Taking action through the courts is always a last resort, but we were left with no choice after the residents living at each of these four properties ignored our noise abatement notices and continued to play music at unacceptable levels. It was for this reason that we took the decision to obtain a warrant of entry and seize a variety of noise equipment.

“We know there are extra difficulties and pressures on people due to restrictions that are in place to tackle coronavirus, and I want to make it clear that we are not taking this type of action to simply spoil anyone’s fun or enjoyment.

"All we are asking residents across the city is that they ensure any noise from their properties is respectful of their neighbours and wider communities in what continue to be very testing times. If you, a friend or a member of your family are suffering from noise nuisance, please do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.”

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