Party patrols return as barber’s rave shut down

On a party patrols 

On a party patrols - Credit: Brent Council

A huge rave inside a barber’s in north-west London was shut down after it was spotted by council officers carrying out "party patrols". 

Brent Council is once again carrying out rounds of the borough, where officers are on the lookout for anyone holding noisy street parties during the summer. 

Running every weekend until the end of August between 6pm and 2am, officers will use noise monitoring equipment to test sound levels and will conduct spot checks to ensure businesses have permission to host parties. 

They recently came across a “huge street party” being held in Harlesden town centre, with speakers placed inside a hairdresser’s.

The council said the noise attracted “hundreds of people”. 

In situations where people have been caught being too loud, officers have confiscated speakers and other equipment, and have issued warnings telling them to stop. 

The council said most people obeyed the rules but, given there is often an increase in unlicensed music events taking place in July and August, it felt it had to continue with the patrols. 

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It added that a similar scheme – run by the community protection department in collaboration with the police – will be in place during the winter, with more parties expected around Christmas. 

Cllr Harbi Farah, lead councillor for safer communities and public protection at Brent Council, said: “After the last few years I want every resident to rightly enjoy the summer. 

“Whilst we want people to have fun, disturbing others at unsociable times can be a nightmare for neighbours. I am glad that we continue back party patrols across the borough so that residents have the opportunity to celebrate summer and not dread a bad night’s sleep.”

The council has advised that people planning to host a party make their neighbours aware beforehand.

It suggested avoiding using speakers in the garden as noise is more difficult to control outside. 

It added that noise must be kept at a “reasonable level” at all times, noting it is “a common misconception” that you can play loud music up until 11pm. 

Those who hear or see loud parties taking place can report them to the council via the Noise App or on the emergency line 020 8937 1234.