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Record haul of noise equipment seized from Gateshead home

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A Gateshead man has had his noise making equipment seized because of the nuisance he was causing to neighbours. The equipment was the largest amount the council has seized from a domestic property in one go.

The man (who can't be named for legal reasons), of St Cuthberts Court in Gateshead, had his equipment seized after continuing to play loud music after being served with a Noise Abatement Notice. 

Officers of The Gateshead Housing Company had received complaints he was making neighbours lives a misery, often playing music throughout the day until as late as 4am.  Recordings of the noise showed that neighbours were suffering music noise equivalent to being in a night-club.

When all attempts to get him to change his behaviour failed Gateshead Council issued the Abatement Notice, but the noise continued.

Council officers obtained a warrant to enter his home and found a sophistic sound system consisting of 23 speakers, multiple powerful amplifiers plus 'sub woofers' designed to add a heavy bass to music. It will now be up to officers to decide whether the man is prosecuted for failing to comply with the Abatement Notice with his equipment held until the prosecution is complete. If he isn't prosecuted, he must pay the costs associated with the seizure before he can have his 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 man plenty of opportunity to change his behaviour but he has chosen not to."

Deborah Ewart, Head of Housing Support at The Gateshead Housing Company, said: "Our partnership work with Gateshead Council is vital in resolving noise nuisance cases like this. Our aim is for tenants to feel safe and comfortable in their homes, which in this case means supporting them to bring action to resolve the noise issue."

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29 September 2020

A Gateshead man has had his noise making equipment seized because of the nuisance he was causing to neighbours. The equipment was the largest amount the council has seized from a domestic property in one go.

The man (who can't be named for legal reasons), of St Cuthberts Court in Gateshead, had his equipment seized after continuing to play loud music after being served with a Noise Abatement Notice. 

Officers of The Gateshead Housing Company had received complaints he was making neighbours lives a misery, often playing music throughout the day until as late as 4am.  Recordings of the noise showed that neighbours were suffering music noise equivalent to being in a night-club.

When all attempts to get him to change his behaviour failed Gateshead Council issued the Abatement Notice, but the noise continued.

Council officers obtained a warrant to enter his home and found a sophistic sound system consisting of 23 speakers, multiple powerful amplifiers plus 'sub woofers' designed to add a heavy bass to music. It will now be up to officers to decide whether the man is prosecuted for failing to comply with the Abatement Notice with his equipment held until the prosecution is complete. If he isn't prosecuted, he must pay the costs associated with the seizure before he can have his 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 man plenty of opportunity to change his behaviour but he has chosen not to."

Deborah Ewart, Head of Housing Support at The Gateshead Housing Company, said: "Our partnership work with Gateshead Council is vital in resolving noise nuisance cases like this. Our aim is for tenants to feel safe and comfortable in their homes, which in this case means supporting them to bring action to resolve the noise issue."

Report a noise complaint

 

 

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