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Peace at last as TV and stereo equipment taken from noisy home
7:00am Monday 24th June 2013 in News
Cornwall Council have joined forces with police to give some people living near a noisy home some much needed peace and quiet.
Council officers entered an address in St Austell on June 18 and confiscated equipment used to cause a noise nuisance.
A Noise Abatement Notice was served on the occupier of the premises in Trevail Way, St. Austell, in May 2012 following evidence of loud music causing a disturbance to neighbouring residents.
The Council’s noise monitoring equipment was used to record the noise from the property and officers from the public health and protection team also visited and witnessed the noise.
Despite previous warnings after the noise abatement notice was served, the occupant of the property continued to cause unreasonable disturbance to their neighbours.
Following the breach of the legal notice, a warrant was obtained and the property was entered and noise making equipment removed. The equipment removed included a large television, surround sound system, stereo system and speakers.
Authorised officers are able to enter in such instances, by force if necessary, and can remove any equipment that could be used to cause a noise nuisance – this can include televisions, games consoles, CD and DVD players and other such equipment.
The removed equipment will be retained for a minimum of 28 days and Cornwall Council also has the option to prosecute the offender which could result in a fine of up to £5,000.
The Noise Abatement Notice will remain in force ensuring that any new equipment brought into the property can be dealt with in the same manner should the need arise.
A spokesman from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Devon and Cornwall Police are dedicated to working together with partner agencies to reduce the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour in the local communities. This is a good example of where agencies can work together to stop local people from suffering from anti-social behaviour as anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
Complaints about noise pollution can be made to the Environmental Protection Team at Cornwall Council via your local one stop shop, by telephoning 0300 1234 212 or through your local Councillor.
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