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Equipment seized from noisy neighbours

Seized noise equipment

Two Gateshead residents have had their noise making equipment seized because of the nuisance they were causing their neighbours.

The woman from the Sunderland Road area and the man from Bensham (who both can't be named for legal reasons) had their equipment seized after continuing to play very loud music after being served with a Noise Abatement Notice.

Gateshead Council served the two notices to the residents for making their neighbours lives a misery, often playing music during the day and late at night.  Recordings of the noise from both properties showed that neighbours were suffering music noise equivalent to being in a night-club which spoiled the enjoyment of their homes and prevented them from sleeping.

Gateshead Council's Private Sector Housing Team were asked to help and warned the two individuals about their behaviour, but all attempts to get them to change their behaviour failed.  They were both served with the Abatement Notice, but the noise from their homes continued.

Council officers obtained a warrant to enter the homes seize all noise making equipment. Two televisions, a stereo and speakers and cd player were seized from the property in the Sunderland Road area. Speakers, mixing consoles and amplifiers were seized from the Bensham property.

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It will now be up to officers to decide whether the man and woman will be prosecuted for failing to comply with the Abatement Notice and can hold their equipment until the prosecution is complete.  If they aren't prosecuted, they must pay the costs associated with the seizure before they can have their equipment returned.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Chair of the Gateshead Community Safety Board said: "Residents have a right to live peacefully in their homes, free from unreasonable noise.  These two residents blatantly ignored the warnings we gave them, they had plenty of opportunity to change their behaviour, but they chose not to.

"Repeatedly breaching a Noise Abatement Notice under the Environmental Protection Act is a serious matter.  The Act is there to protect ordinary people, and in this case, their neighbours clearly needed the protection of the law. We will continue to take action against people who harass their neighbours in this way."

 

 

Seized noise equipment
17 December 2020

Two Gateshead residents have had their noise making equipment seized because of the nuisance they were causing their neighbours.

The woman from the Sunderland Road area and the man from Bensham (who both can't be named for legal reasons) had their equipment seized after continuing to play very loud music after being served with a Noise Abatement Notice.

Gateshead Council served the two notices to the residents for making their neighbours lives a misery, often playing music during the day and late at night.  Recordings of the noise from both properties showed that neighbours were suffering music noise equivalent to being in a night-club which spoiled the enjoyment of their homes and prevented them from sleeping.

Gateshead Council's Private Sector Housing Team were asked to help and warned the two individuals about their behaviour, but all attempts to get them to change their behaviour failed.  They were both served with the Abatement Notice, but the noise from their homes continued.

Council officers obtained a warrant to enter the homes seize all noise making equipment. Two televisions, a stereo and speakers and cd player were seized from the property in the Sunderland Road area. Speakers, mixing consoles and amplifiers were seized from the Bensham property.

Report a noise complaint

It will now be up to officers to decide whether the man and woman will be prosecuted for failing to comply with the Abatement Notice and can hold their equipment until the prosecution is complete.  If they aren't prosecuted, they must pay the costs associated with the seizure before they can have their equipment returned.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Chair of the Gateshead Community Safety Board said: "Residents have a right to live peacefully in their homes, free from unreasonable noise.  These two residents blatantly ignored the warnings we gave them, they had plenty of opportunity to change their behaviour, but they chose not to.

"Repeatedly breaching a Noise Abatement Notice under the Environmental Protection Act is a serious matter.  The Act is there to protect ordinary people, and in this case, their neighbours clearly needed the protection of the law. We will continue to take action against people who harass their neighbours in this way."

 

 

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