PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON BEHALF OF SAFER LEEDS
Leeds City Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team has secured a partial Closure Order following serious incidents of anti-social behaviour and associated criminality across several streets in East End Park.
The order was granted at Leeds Magistrates Court on Friday 15 October under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 and is now in place across the following street locations:
Ascot Terrace, Temple View Terrace, Temple View Place, Temple View Road, Glensdale Road, Glensdale Mount, East Park Drive, East Park View, Aysgarth Drive, Aysgarth Close, Aysgarth Walk and Aysgarth Place.
The Team took action following extensive partnership work, including targeted patrols, multi-agency operations, dispersal orders and frequently raised concerns and reports from the local communities.
Under the Closure Order, which has been imposed initially for three months, it is prohibited for any person to engage in the following conduct:
- Disorderly behaviour (this means using abusive or threatening words or conduct to others)
- Be in possession of any controlled drug – other than a prescribed medicine
- Be in possession of any firework or other explosive substance
- Be in possession of any offensive weapon or using any object as an offensive weapon
Anyone breaching these restrictions will be asked to leave the area or be arrested. Anyone removing the orders may also be arrested.
It does not apply to visitors, carers, family members, tradespersons, or emergency services, as long as the restrictions are not breached.
Breaches can be reported to West Yorkshire Police on 101, via the West Yorkshire Police website. Please call 999 in an emergency, or where there is a threat to life.
Leeds City Council executive member with responsibility for Safer Leeds Councillor Debra Coupar said:
“As part of our commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour, I very much welcome this partial Closure Order for streets in East End Park.
“No-one should feel unsafe especially in their own community, so we hope this will send out a very strong message that such behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. I’d like to thank all of our partners who are working to address these issues, and especially the residents and community of East End Park, who deserve to live in peace and can be reassured we will not hesitate to use all resources available to keep them safe.”
Sergeant Alastair Nicholls, of the Burmantofts and Richmond Hill Neighbourhood Policing Team, said;
“This has been a longstanding and very complex case, where West Yorkshire Police and numerous council departments have worked tirelessly to address persistent anti-social behaviour and criminality issues.
“Police and our partner agencies have conducted extensive work to address the issues identified. We will not tolerate intimidation and threats to our communities and will use all powers we have available to us to deal with these matters.
“East Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to thank the wider community for their support in reporting these incidents and we hope this action goes some way to reassuring people, that we will take action to keep our local communities safe and feeling safe.”
For more information on Safer Leeds and its work to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime visit Antisocial behaviour and crime (leeds.gov.uk) , or call the Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team on 0113 222 4402 or email at LASBT@leeds.gov.uk