'Boozy students making our lives hell'

STUDENTS are ruining an upmarket leafy Sheffield suburb with noise and boozy anti-social behaviour, say disgruntled locals.

The claim comes after 10 revellers were arrested at a drunken student party near Broomhill, which had been gatecrashed by hundreds of uninvited guests thanks to social networking website Facebook.

The Star has previously reported how the students face fines and even possible expulsion from the University of Sheffield for the bash, said to be the "worst case of public disturbance" since the old Pyjama Jump.

The out-of-control house party took place at Oakholme Lodge, a 30-room university residence on quiet Oakholme Road between Broomhill and Endcliffe.

Today a neighbour told The Star he had been forced to complain about the party because of the level of noise.

"I phoned the university security twice and was told on the second occasion that the police had arrested 10 people," he said.

"It was very bad, and I understand a party had got out of hand. The residents of the house have subsequently been around and apologised, so that gives an indication of the problem."

He said the party was not an isolated incident.

"The house next to mine, a semi-detached, has been bought as a buy-to-let and has students in. We are disturbed seriously about once a week and they are continually noisy.

"I have asked them on a number of occasions to be quiet but the response is negative. Indeed, the last time I asked I was told they are students and students are noisy, so there."

He added: "As this is a residential district surely the residents have the right to be left in peace? The university developments, buy-to-let, and letting to students are ruining a nice area."

Of the 10 people quizzed, nine were issued with on-the-spot fines.

A university 'inquest' is being planned for next week to consider the implications of the incident.

Students' union president Mark Willoughby backed the university's hardline stance.

"We're very much with the university. We deplore the behaviour," he said, but added: "It would be very easy to write off students from something like this, but the massive majority are normally very well behaved."


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