Sound equipment seized after warnings to keep noise down at two properties ignored

Residents living at two homes in the city have had a range of sound equipment seized by Leeds City Council after ignoring requests to keep noise levels down to an appropriate level.

As part of an operation led by the Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team (LASBT), a number of items were removed from 8 St Michaels Terrace and 4 Burchett Terrace in Headingley, after student tenants living at both properties breached Abatement Notices issued previously following complaints of noise nuisance.

Following a warrant of entry being granted by Leeds Magistrates Court, LASBT officers assisted by West Yorkshire Police entered the premises and removed items including televisions, laptops, games consoles, speakers and DJ decks. Tenants 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.

This action forms part of a range of work currently being undertaken by LASBT staff to tackle noise nuisance across the city. This includes over 100 Abatement Notices being served on properties in Hyde Park and Headingley, after complaints from residents living in both communities. 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 in the following ways: 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 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.

"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, and we will not hesitate to take similar action again in the future against anyone who continues to ignore our warnings.

"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."

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.