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Noisy neighbours on the rise


12:09pm 5th April 2011

City of York Council is continuing its crackdown against noise nuisance after two residents breached noise abatement notices again.

On Friday 25 March, Noise Patrol Officers made two seizures of noisy equipment on the same day to repeat offenders, who had previously been prosecuted by the council for the same offence.

These seizures occurred at a time when there were a record number of calls being made to the EPU’s Noise Patrol service, with an increase of 19 per cent on the previous year  

The council’s Environmental Protection Unit seized stereo equipment from an address in Acomb, following complaints from a neighbour.

The tenant had been repeatedly playing the same song over 17 times; so council officers were called to assess the level of noise, which was so loud it vibrated furniture in his neighbour’s living room.

Since the loud music was a breach of the noise abatement noy ce, under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 - which was served earlier in the week - the council seized several noise-making equipment, including a television, play station and speakers.

On the same day EPU officers also seized a game station, television and CDs from a property in Tang Hall, after a complaint was made by a neighbour.

When EPU officers attended the neighbour’s property they felt the floor vibrating, due to the very loud bass, and the music continued to increase in volume and resulted in a breach of the noise abatement notice.

Mike Southcombe, environmental protection manager, at City of York Council, said:

“We are pleased with the results and trust that this will give a warning to others who may want to cause a noise nuisance to their neighbours.”

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