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Police praised for getting to grips with anti-social revellers

PUBLISHED: 10:32 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:08 07 September 2010

RESIDENTS in Muswell Hill have praised the police for listening and acting on their complaints about anti-social behaviour. Osy Waye, who lives in Dukes Avenue, has spent many sleepless nights listening to young people fall out of The Hill nightclub beh

RESIDENTS in Muswell Hill have praised the police for "listening and acting" on their complaints about anti-social behaviour.

Osy Waye, who lives in Dukes Avenue, has spent many sleepless nights listening to young people fall out of The Hill nightclub behind his home and rev their car engines in the car park.

He was beginning to feel that no-one cared about the impact it was having on his life.

But recent patrols by police in Muswell Hill Broadway and visits by council officers have reassured him.

Mr Waye said: "The police presence has been tremendously improved in the Broadway over the past few weeks.

"The noise abatement officers from Haringey Council also came round to my house last Friday night.

"I've spent the last three years thinking nothing was ever going to change so this is a positive development."

Mr Waye said the noise increased when clubs in Muswell Hill acquired late licences and punters arrived and left at different times of the night.

"People come and go from 8pm to 4.30am, often honking their horns. I think what would really help is to close all the clubs at 2am and then there would be one mass exodus."

But he also challenged the idea of raising the age limit of entry to night clubs to 21 - an idea proposed at the Muswell Hill Area Assembly meeting two weeks ago.

"I'm not sure it will make any difference because a lot of the revellers at the moment are over 21," he said.

Cllr Nilgun Canver (pictured) said: "Residents have expressed concerns about licensed premises in Muswell Hill at a recent meeting.

"We have listened to their concerns and have distributed a government leaflet which sets out how people can raise their concerns with the licensing authority.


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