A lorry driver says he has been forced to quit because student parties are giving him sleepless nights - making him a danger on the roads.

Tony Sandhu, 61, has lived on Balfour Road in Lenton, Nottingham all of his life - a notorious student party spot.

Residents say the pandemic has made the problem worse, with bashes becoming more frequent and wild.

Mr Sandhu has worked as lorry driver for the last eight years, driving 40-tonne vehicles around the country, reports NottinghamshireLive.

But he says the rise in noise and anti-social behaviour has forced him to quit as he is sometimes getting only three hours sleep a night.

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Balfour Road, Lenton
Mr Sandhu's area in Nottingham is a notorious student party spot

The father-of-three believes his sleep-deprived state would make him a danger to other road users.

He said: "I can be on the road for eight to 10 hours a day, delivering lorries to customers. I was waking up every hour of the night. I was so drained.

"It can go on for days, two to three hours sleep. I was struggling to get up in the morning - and I was so frightened of driving.

"You hear it all the time 'they fell asleep at the wheel'.

"I could kill a group of families - and I was finding myself closing my eyes for a few seconds and I could just not do it anymore.

"I had to give it up before something happened that I would have regretted for the rest of my life.

"I could not take that risk. I would not be able to live with myself."

Mr Sandhu said parties can start as early as 8pm when he finishes work, with students walking down the street with cans of beers until 5am.

Tony Sandhu, 61
Mr Sandhu said he used to hate coming home - as the parties would begin at 8pm

He said there is constant "shouting, screaming and swearing" with some students setting up sound systems in their gardens.

On Saturday, May 8, police closed down a house party near him, in Balfour Road, where 16 students were handed £200 fines for holding a party.

He said taxis were turning up on the street, with groups of "three or four" entering the property.

At one point he counted 20 people in less than a minute, he claimed.

Mr Sandhu blames the universities for not putting in stronger measures to discipline students who continue to ruin residents' lives.

"I have given up my career," he added. "I enjoyed life on the road.

"It was a career I have built over time and it was not an easy decision to make.

"I hated coming home. Some of the parties were already starting at 8pm. I would have to get up in the night and call 101, sometimes several calls.

"The houses here are back to back and they have speakers going off in their back gardens.

"They could not give a damn about any residents as long as they are getting their fulfilment.

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"The universities can't evict students for anti-social behaviour - and they do nothing about people losing their careers.

"The punishment is not enough. They need to be making examples. When the rules are relaxed - what is going to happen?

"I am not looking forward to that."

Kate Loewenthal, from Lenton Drives and Neighbours Residents Association, said more students had come back to the area as face to face teaching resumes on Monday.

She said with clubs still being closed, students were returning to Lenton for parties after the pubs had closed.

Both Nottingham Trent and the University of Nottingham were asked for a comment regarding Mr Sandhu's situation.

Neither responded to requests for comment.

Assistant chief constable for Nottinghamshire Police, Steve Cooper, said they would not be pulling their police resources when new rules come into force on Monday, May 17.

He said: "We will assess every call we get on threat, harm and risk.

"Clearly, dual households or six people are allowed to mix but a large gathering is still considered a risk to public health and we will take action where necessary.

"Anti-social behaviour is always important to us, regardless of the pandemic. If they are causing a significant nuisance to other residents we will respond."