Equipment seized from council tenant after noise nuisance warnings ignored

A Leeds City Council housing tenant who ignored repeated requests to keep noise at the property to an appropriate level has had her noise equipment seized.

As part of an operation headed by the Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team (LASBT), a warrant was granted by Leeds Magistrates Court to remove a number of items from 112 Victoria Park Grove, after the tenant, Ms Nyarai Rosi, breached a previous Abatement Notice which was issued for frequent noise nuisance. The tenant can apply to obtain the goods back within a 28 day period, but will be required to pay the relevant costs to the council in order to proceed.

This is the second such seizure undertaken by LASBT staff in the Armley and Bramley areas during the past two months, and forms part of ongoing work currently being undertaken to tackle noise nuisance in communities across Leeds. As part of a re-launch of the service earlier in the year staff from the council and West Yorkshire Police, working under the banner of LASBT, joined forces to tackle noise nuisance and low-level anti-social behaviour across the city.

Any residents suffering from excessive and/or intrusive noise problems can get in touch with LASBT; to report in the daytime call 0113 222 4402 or out of hours on 0113 3950143 (between 6pm and 4am).

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive board member with responsibility for Safer Leeds said:

"We are determined with our partners at LASBT to use every power at our disposal to clamp down on noise nuisance in our communities, which can cause significant distress for residents.

"This particular council tenant was given ample opportunities to reduce the level of noise coming from their property, and when they breached the Abatement Notice, we did not hesitate to secure a warrant from the courts and remove noise equipment from the property.

"The re-launch of our LASBT service earlier in the year has improved the way we are working to tackle the blight of noise nuisance, and I would urge anyone who is experiencing from this problem to contact us as soon as possible."

Notes to editors:

As part of the LASBT re-launch in May, two mobile marked vehicles will also operate Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 6pm to 4am, with a reduced service being offered from Monday to Thursday, where one vehicle will be available.

The vehicles will be staffed on Monday through to Thursday by Anti-Social Behaviour Response Officers with an enhanced service put in place on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday when calls are at their highest to meet an increased demand for service. From Friday to Sunday, when calls for service are at their highest, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will work alongside their colleagues from the anti-social behaviour response team to deal with noise related incidents