Police raid over Leeds noisy student neighbours

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Hard-partying nuisance neighbours have had sound equipment seized by Leeds City Council after ignoring requests to keep noise levels down.

Student residents at two homes in Headingley have had a range of equipment confiscated after exceeding the appropriate noise levels.

Televisions, laptops, games consoles, speakers and DJ decks were confiscated from a house at St Michaels Terrace, and another house at Burchett Terrace.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive board member with responsibility for Safer Leeds said: “We are continuing to work extremely hard with our partners to put a stop to noise nuisance in our communities, which when left unchecked, can cause real misery for other residents.”

He added: “We will not hesitate to take similar action again in the future against anyone who continues to ignore our warnings.”

The crackdown was part of an operation led by the Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team (LASBT).

The seizure of items was carried out after student tenants breached Abatement Notices, which were issued after previous complaints of noise nuisance from the two houses.

Leeds Magistrates Court then granted a warrant of entry and LASBT entered the properties with assistance from West Yorkshire Police.

The students can apply to get the items back after 28 days, but will be required to pay the relevant costs to the council.

Coun Dobson added: “In this particular case, we warned the student tenants living at both of these properties to stop this behaviour through the serving of Abatement Notices.

“When no change was forthcoming, warrants to gain entry to the properties were secured to remove noise equipment from both properties.”

The crackdown is part of a range of work currently being undertaken by LASBT staff to tackle noise nuisance across the city.

It includes over 100 Abatement Notices being served on properties in Hyde Park and Headingley, after complaints from local residents.

Coun Dobson added: “If you, a friend or a member of your family are suffering from noise nuisance, please don’t hesitate in contacting us as soon as possible.”

LASBT run two mobile marked vehicles on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 6pm to 4am, with a reduced service from Monday to Thursday.

From Friday to Sunday, when calls are at their highest, Police Community Support Officers work alongside LASBT.

Any residents suffering from excessive or intrusive noise problems can call LASBT on 0113 222 4402, or 0113 395 0143 for out of hours enquiries.

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