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Equipment seized in noise nuisance case

Sound equipment seized in raid in Falmouth Credit: Cornwall County Council

Sound equipment has been seized from a property in Falmouth by Cornwall Council’s Public Health and Protection team after neighbours complained of being continually disturbed by loud music.

Council Officers, working with the Police, entered an address in Killigrew Street, Falmouth on 11 October 2013.

A Noise Abatement Notice had previously been served on the occupier of the premises on 4 October 2013 following evidence of loud music causing a disturbance to neighbouring residents.

Despite previous warnings after the noise abatement notice was served, the occupants of the property continued to cause unreasonable disturbance to their neighbours, leading to the Council taking formal action.

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.

The removed equipment will be retained by the Public Health & Protection department 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.

“Excessive noise which affects neighbours and the local community amounts to anti social behaviour and will not be tolerated.” said Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities.

“Our Environmental Protection Officers will continue to monitor and seize equipment whenever necessary to crack down on this sort of unreasonable behaviour.”