Rowdy mum kicked out of house-of-havoc in landmark Leeds case

Chief Inspector Chris Bowen, with councillor  Mark Dobson, outside the first privately owned property in Leeds to have been boarded up and the residents evicted under antisocial behaviour legislation. Photo: James Hardisty
Chief Inspector Chris Bowen, with councillor Mark Dobson, outside the first privately owned property in Leeds to have been boarded up and the residents evicted under antisocial behaviour legislation. Photo: James Hardisty
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A mother of eight who made life a misery for residents of a quiet cul-de-sac has been kicked out of her privately-owned house in a landmark case.

Hundreds of complaints were made about noisy early hours parties and anti-social behaviour at the home of Nicola Spark, 33, at 5 Holmwood View Meanwood.

The three-bedroom detached property, worth about £200,000, is understood to have been kept in immaculate condition when it was lived in by Spark’s adopted parents.

But it is believed the house quickly fell into disrepair after their deaths.

Now the property has been boarded up after the Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team won a court ruling, under new powers, to have her removed for three months.

It is the first time such action has been carried out in relation to a private property in the city.

A notice on the house says: “These premises have been sealed and no further entry will be allowed. The occupier is therefore required to find alternative accommodation.”

The closure order was applied for after Spark failed to comply with a noise abatement order - even after her television, computer and sound system were seized.

Coun Mark Dobson, executive member for community safety, said: “I hope this sends out a very clear message of the action that we and our partners are willing to take against anyone living in any property, be it social or private, who through their anti-social behaviour are making the lives of other residents a misery.”

Chief Insp Chris Bowen, who heads neighbourhood policing in north east Leeds, said: “The behaviour linked to this address was completely unacceptable and was having a really negative

impact on the lives of other residents.

“Despite a number of previous interventions by the police and council, the problems persisted and we needed to put in place a lasting long-term solution.”

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