RESIDENTS LEFT REELING AFTER YET ANOTHER DISTRESSING NIGHT IN LENTON
 

On Thursday 24 June 2021, Nottingham Post's Ben Reid (Digital News Correspondent), Matt Jarram (Senior Digital Reporter and Crime Correspondent) and  Olimpia Zagnat filed updates on a large street party in Lenton which, yet again, has left residents exhausted and in tears.

'Exhausted' residents left in tears as large street party keeps them up all night

An eyewitness at the street said the party was around 100-strong and that residents have had enough

People were left in tears and endured a sleepless night after a large street party took place during the early hours.

Crowds could be seen in Harrington Drive in Lenton, with a resident saying there were party-goers out at around 2.30am on Thursday June 24, despite people having to go to work and school just a few hours later.

Footage taken by a member of the Lenton Drives and Neighbours Residents' Association shows the crowd singing before angry residents can be heardtelling them to "shut up" and that "people are in bed".

An eyewitness said the party was around 100-strong and that residents have had enough.

Kate Loewenthal, of the Lenton Drives and Neighbours Residents Association, told Nottinghamshire Live: "This party took place outside an 85 year old's house and she is in tears this morning.

"There is a family only a little further down the road who lost relatives yesterday so were in mourning.

"If enough was being done we would not have to cope with this in the first place. 

"This last week has been hell for us in the area. Residents are absolutely exhausted with it. Some are now not reporting parties any more because it is the same the next night."

Mum of three Virginia Rochester, 48, of Harrington Drive, had tears in her eyes after having just three hours of sleep and said: “We called the police twice last night.

“They made an effort to disperse them but they have hidden near our house and waited for the police to leave.

"There were two parties last night, one up the road and another one at the bottom.

“I asked the student to turn off the music and the party organisers seemed apologetic but the other ones were mocking us.

“I had to put double glazing in my children’s room because they struggle to sleep.

“It’s depressing to see that students who had the opportunity to get higher education are stopping the local children from getting one.”

Retired Melvina Lambert, 85, of Harrington Drive, has lived on this road for 54 years and said: “There were hundreds of students last night partying on the street.”

She added: “I am crying because I can’t sleep. I’m scared of them.

“It is like living in hell.

“They have no respect."

A resident said she struggled to grieve in peace yesterday after her grandmother passed away in the early hours. 

53-year-old Angela, of Harlaxton Drive, who did not want to give her surname, said: “We got the news yesterday morning that my 99-year-old grandmother passed away in Italy.

“My parents are in shock because she passed away six weeks after my mum got back from Italy.

“We can’t be there for the funeral, and all we wanted was to grieve in silence in my parents’ garden on Harrington Drive. 

“But we could not do that - because the rave party started in the afternoon.

“It is awful, I can’t rest, I can’t reflect on it, I can’t grieve.

“It’s a difficult time for our family and we can’t have some time for ourselves.

“Yesterday when we were in the garden we were trying to have a conversation, and every time someone would’ve brought up my grandma’s name we all started crying.

“We had to do that while there was a rave party in the background.”

A Nottingham Trent University spokesperson said they had been made aware of the incident and were investigating as "a matter of urgency".

They added: “We are liaising with the police and looking to establish the identity of the people involved.

“If it is established that any of the individuals are our students, we will take swift and appropriate disciplinary action under our student code of behaviour, which can involve up to and including exclusion.”

A spokesperson for The University of Nottingham said: "We are aware of this incident in Lenton last night and are working with the police to establish whether any of those involved were students at The University of Nottingham.

We are in regular contact with our students to remind them of the importance of being considerate and respectful neighbours and are very clear about the standards of behaviour that we expect. If we find evidence that any of our students have been involved in anti-social behaviour in the community we will take immediate action under our Student Code of Conduct, where fines, suspension and exclusion are potential outcomes."

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman added: "Officers on proactive patrol attended and dispersed a large party in Harrington Drive at around 2.30am this morning.

"By 3am the music had been turned off and everyone dispersed."

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

'Exhausted' residents left in tears as large street party keeps them up all night - Nottinghamshire Live

Editor's Notes:

First, an update on the above story from Ben Reid (Digital News Correspondent) and Olimpia Zagnat (Community reporter) published by the Nottingham Post at 14.16 on Thursday 24 June 2021, which reads

Organiser of large 21st birthday party explains how situation 'got out of hand'

He said he just wanted to celebrate his 21st birthday with his friends

The organiser behind a large student party that kept a number of Nottingham residents up all night and left many in tears has apologised and said things got "out of hand".

Crowds gathered in Harrington Drive in Lenton, with a resident saying there were party-goers out at around 2.30am on Thursday June 24, despite people having to go to work and school just a few hours later.

Footage taken by a member of the Lenton Drives and Neighbours Residents' Association shows the crowd singing before angry residents can be heard telling them to "shut up" and that "people are in bed".

An eyewitness said the party was around 100-strong and that residents have had enough.

In the party's aftermath, a man who said he was the event's organiser told Nottinghamshire Live that he just wanted to celebrate his 21st birthday with his friends, but everything "went out of hand".

The student living on Harrington Drive, who did not wish to give his name, said: “I invited 30 people and initially it was just a barbecue in the garden.

"We went inside after a while because, at the moment, I feel like we should prioritise the noise issue over Covid.

“And it all went bad from there.

“I had people inviting other people over and it soon became unmanageable.

“It was my birthday and I did not want to be rude or anything to them.

“I did not want to be a bouncer either.

“We were on the police's side when they arrived, we stopped the party immediately.

“Police took me over to one of my neighbours who was crying because of what happened."

Officers on patrol attended and dispersed the large party in Harrington Drive at around 2.30am this morning.

By 3am the music had been turned off and everyone dispersed.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

The organiser added: "I felt terrible. Officers wanted me to see the emotional damage that I’ve done and I felt horrible.

“I bought some chocolate and flowers and I’ll offer them to my neighbours and apologise.

“We told them that we are all in our final year, so we will leave in a week.

“I haven’t realised that a party could cause so much damage.

“We are in our summer holiday so we would not know what it is like to get up in the morning and go to work after not being able to sleep.

“It was our first party, and I did not know that I could cause so much damage and hurt people.

“Obviously I’m not the only student living here, and if it is every student having their first party no one else will be able to go to sleep.

“After the police dispersed the crowd, the noise spread out all over the area.

“I feel very very bad and I’m really sorry.”

People were left in tears and endured a sleepless night after the large street party took place during the early hours.

And both NTU and University of Nottingham have said they are aware of the incident and were investigating as "a matter of urgency".

Also see:

Residents' fury at Nottingham students over 'ridiculous' party scenes as police forced to step in - Nottinghamshire Live

Dispersal order in place across Lenton after 'multiple' reports of loud parties - Nottinghamshire Live

Residents fear students will stay in city for summer after losing out on 'uni experience' - Nottinghamshire Live