22 Mar 2016

Sound equipment seized from home in Headingley after continued noise nuisance

Sound equipment has been removed from a property in Headingley after residents at the address failed to heed a series of warnings regarding noise nuisance.

Following a warrant of entry being granted by Leeds Magistrates Court, a series of items were seized by Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team (LASBT) supported by West Yorkshire Police from residents living in a six bedroom property on Richmond Mount in Headingley. This followed repeated complaints about loud music and parties at the property which caused significant disturbance to the local community.

Items which were seized during the visit include; two televisions, one Xbox and one Playstation game consoles, one CD player and four sets of speakers. The residents can apply to obtain the goods back after a 28 day period, but will be required to pay the relevant costs to the council in order to proceed. If any further instances of anti-social behaviour or noise nuisance are witnessed at the property, the residents may face further action such as a criminal prosecution.

Anyone suffering from excessive and/or intrusive noise problems can get in touch with LASBT in the following ways: To report in the daytime call 0113 222 4402 or out of hours on 0113 3950143 (between 6pm and 3:30am). If the noise relates to a student property this can also be reported to Leeds Universities using their dedicated Neighbourhood Helpline on 0113 3431064.

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

“Noise nuisance is a real blight in our communities, and we will not hesitate to use all the powers at our disposal to put a stop to it immediately.

“Unfortunately the residents at this particular property did not listen to our warnings to keep the noise down to an appropriate level, which is why a decision was taken to obtain a warrant of entry through the courts and seize noise equipment such as televisions, game consoles and speakers at the property.

“I hope this action by LASBT will serve as a warning to any other individual participating in noise nuisance that it will not be ignored and they will face tough consequences if they continue with this type of behaviour. If you, a friend or a member of your family are suffering from noise nuisance, please contact us as soon as possible.”

Superintendent Sam Millar, who heads Safer Leeds, said:

“Unreasonable and persistent noise is a form of anti-social behaviour that can have a really detrimental effect on people’s daily lives. The behaviour linked to this address was completely unacceptable and continued despite a number of previous interventions by the police and council.

"We are firmly committed to working in partnership to tackle anti-social behaviour and we hope the action we have taken here will provide some reassurance to the community and serve as a clear warning to others who persist in making peoples’ lives a misery.”

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