Bedford Council seizes music equipment of nuisance neighbour

Neighbours in Eastdale Close complained to the council about the continuous noise

By Holly Patel
Friday, 10th July 2020, 11:09 am
Updated Friday, 10th July 2020, 11:10 am

A man from Kempston had his music equipment seized by Bedford Borough Council on Friday, July 3, after persistently bombarding neighbours with loud amplified music.

A Noise Abatement Notice, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, was served in May for loud amplified music after Environmental Health Officers had witnessed noise at unacceptable levels which was considered to be a nuisance to his neighbours in Eastdale Close.

Neighbours complained they had been subjected to continuous noise, from early morning to very late at night, which the resident had refused to reduce, resulting in breaches of the notice.

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The man’s music equipment, including speakers, stereos and a TV were seized last week following a warrant issued by the Magistrates Court.

Council Officers, with assistance from Bedfordshire Police, seized over 30 items.

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Regulatory Services and Housing, said: “Nobody should have to suffer from the misery caused by excessive noise because of inconsiderate nuisance neighbours.

“Our response illustrates that we will work with our partners to help those members of the community who have been affected by taking action against those responsible.”