Police and council shut down rowdy Leeds student house party

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Police and council officials shut down a student house party amid complaints about deafening music and anti-social behaviour.

A closure order was issued under anti-social behaviour laws to residents at the property in St Martin’s Terrace, in Headingley, after neighbours reported being kept awake by heavy bass and shouting into the early hours of Friday.

About 50 people were there when officers from Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team turned up in the property, although many more had already left by that point.

Police officers were also called and the music was eventually turned off after repeated requests.

They found evidence of drugs and legal highs being used.

The closure order was handed out, meaning anyone other than tenants had to leave or face arrest.

Following similar problems with the same property last November, magistrates will decide this Friday whether further action is needed.

Last Friday’s incident followed action to shut down a house party for hundreds of people on nearby Richmond Avenue that was advertised on Facebook last month.

Supt Sam Millar, who heads Safer Leeds, said the council and police received hundreds of complaints about noisy parties in Headingley every year.

She said: “This latest action around this particular property should demonstrate our ongoing to commitment to making full use of the available legislation to target behaviour that impacts negatively on the quality of life of the community.”

Coun Mark Dobson, executive member for Safer Leeds, added: “This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and showed a scant disregard for other residents living close by.”

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