Rowdy students could face fines over parties and drug use

Rowdy students face fines or even prosecution after reports of loud parties and drug use in Mossley Hill.

Young people living at an address on Stalbridge Avenue have been warned stronger sanctions may follow after being slapped with community protection notices by Liverpool Council.

Following reports of “regular disturbances” from neighbours, the city council has worked with Merseyside Police to issue a directive to students.

It is understood use of cannabis and loud parties going on into the early hours have led to the sanction being handed down.

Working alongside a landlord and neighbouring properties, Liverpool Council and Merseyside Police had handed out four separate community protection notices (CPN) to occupiers at Stalbridge Avenue. Disturbances were reported to the city council’s private sector housing team regarding “constant” cannabis misuse and loud parties.

This left neighbours feeling “frustrated and isolated”. Community protection notices can be handed out to those found to be acting in a way that is having a “detrimental effect, of a persistent or continuing nature, on the quality of life of those in the locality, and the conduct is unreasonable”.

As a result, officials visited the property on 17 June to issue the notices which instructed the students to cease the disruptive behaviour immediately. According to a spokesperson for Liverpool Council, the notices state if they continue to smoke cannabis around the property, they will be hit with a fine or even prosecuted.

The local authority and Merseyside Police are continuing to monitor the situation for any further violation of the terms.

A Liverpool Council spokesperson said, “This sends a strong message to students and student landlords that anti-social behaviour is not tolerated in our communities ahead of the end of the academic year. The council is working alongside the universities and Merseyside Police to ensure community safety over this period.

“Private sector housing (PSH) are willing to work alongside landlords to ensure that problem tenants do not cause issues to their property and in the community. PSH have the powers to serve CPNs to support the community by tackling nuisance behaviour from residents.

“We want to empower residents who may feel isolated or intimidated to report issues they see in their community.”

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