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Nightmare neighbour has equipment seized

Equipment seized

A Gateshead woman has had her noise making equipment seized because of the nuisance she was causing to her neighbours.

The woman (who can't be named for legal reasons), of Carr Hill in Gateshead, had her equipment seized after continuing to play loud dance music after being served with a Noise Abatement Notice. 

Gateshead Council served her with the notice for making neighbours lives a misery, often playing music from early evening through until 8am the following day.  Recordings of the noise showed that neighbours were suffering music noise equivalent to being in a night-club.

Gateshead Council's Private Sector Housing Team were asked to help and warned the woman about her behaviour, but all attempts to get her to change her behaviour failed.  She was then served with the Abatement Notice, but the noise from her home continued to increase.

Council officers obtained a warrant to enter her home and seize all noise making equipment, including two televisions.  It will now be up to officers to decide whether the woman is prosecuted for failing to comply with the Abatement Notice and can hold her equipment until the prosecution is complete.  If she isn't prosecuted, she must pay the costs associated with the seizure before she can have her equipment returned.

Anneliese Hutchinson, Service Director for Development, Transport and Public Protection said:

"Repeatedly breaching a Noise Abatement Notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 is a serious matter.  The Act is there to protect ordinary people and in this case neighbours clearly needed the protection of the law.

'Residents have a right to live peacefully in their homes, free from unreasonable noise.  We gave the woman plenty of opportunity to change her behaviour but she has chosen not to."

 

Equipment seized
28 February 2020

A Gateshead woman has had her noise making equipment seized because of the nuisance she was causing to her neighbours.

The woman (who can't be named for legal reasons), of Carr Hill in Gateshead, had her equipment seized after continuing to play loud dance music after being served with a Noise Abatement Notice. 

Gateshead Council served her with the notice for making neighbours lives a misery, often playing music from early evening through until 8am the following day.  Recordings of the noise showed that neighbours were suffering music noise equivalent to being in a night-club.

Gateshead Council's Private Sector Housing Team were asked to help and warned the woman about her behaviour, but all attempts to get her to change her behaviour failed.  She was then served with the Abatement Notice, but the noise from her home continued to increase.

Council officers obtained a warrant to enter her home and seize all noise making equipment, including two televisions.  It will now be up to officers to decide whether the woman is prosecuted for failing to comply with the Abatement Notice and can hold her equipment until the prosecution is complete.  If she isn't prosecuted, she must pay the costs associated with the seizure before she can have her equipment returned.

Anneliese Hutchinson, Service Director for Development, Transport and Public Protection said:

"Repeatedly breaching a Noise Abatement Notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 is a serious matter.  The Act is there to protect ordinary people and in this case neighbours clearly needed the protection of the law.

'Residents have a right to live peacefully in their homes, free from unreasonable noise.  We gave the woman plenty of opportunity to change her behaviour but she has chosen not to."

 

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