Security guards will patrol Fallowfield in a bid to keep rowdy student parties in check, the M.E.N. can reveal.
University bosses are paying for patrols in the student suburb during the final few weeks of the summer term
The ‘visible guardians’ will be equipped with body worn audio and video recording devices and will be tasked with clamping down on noisy parties and nuisance behaviour.
Residents in Fallowfield and Withington have issued numerous complaints about anti-social behaviour.
And patrol staff first hit the streets last year as part of a pilot scheme during key dates in the first academic term, including Freshers’ Week and Halloween
While they don’t have powers to enter student homes or issue fines, uni staff say they’ve helped offer reassurance to residents, deal amicably with disputes, and act as ‘professional witnesses’, gathering evidence of anti-social behaviour and presenting it to campus bosses.
The pilot – backed by both Manchester University and Manchester Metropolitan University – proved successful as dozens of noisy student homes were warned to quieten down or face further action.
Now campus bosses have agreed to fund a second patrol scheme to take place during the last week of term.
The G4S guards will return to the area between May 24 and June 11, following feedback from students, residents and the student unions.
In a joint statement, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester said: “The pilot was developed with Manchester City Council and utilised their accredited security provider, G4S.
“Following evaluation of the pilot, which included taking feedback from student and non-student residents and both Students Unions, the two universities have agreed to fund a second night patrol pilot between May 24 and June 11, 2017.
“A decision about any further continuation of the patrols will be made by the universities over the summer.”
Council officers visited 64 properties in the first few weeks of the term last year, handing out warnings to residents over noise complaints.
Students living at a property in Old Moat were handed a noise abatement notice forcing them to stop their anti-social behaviour or face further action.
The notices can lead to equipment being seized, exclusion from university, or even prosecution.
Residents who welcomed the action said it would benefit both students and other residents.
The universities previously stated that they are committed to maintaining positive relationships between students and residents.
Almost 400 properties were visited by university, police and council staff during 2015 to warn students to be considerate of their neighbours.