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Noise nuisance reports led to seizure of equipment

Published on Monday, December 14, 2020

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Council officers have seized stereo equipment and loud speakers from a Leicester house after complaints from neighbours about the noise levels.

The city council's noise and pollution control team confiscated the equipment from a house in Ashthorpe Road, Braunstone, following repeated complaints from neighbours about loud bass-heavy music from the house.

Complaints were first made in October 2020, resulting in the council writing to the householder to request the noise be kept down. However four more incidents of noise nuisance took place during October and November.

Last week, Leicester Magistrates’ Court granted the noise and pollution control team a warrant to enter the house and remove the equipment involved.

The seizure was carried out on Thursday, December 10, with the help of Leicestershire Police. In total they seized three items of equipment, including a music system and two speakers.

By law the tenant can retrieve the equipment after one month, paying the costs incurred during the seizure to do so. Further reports of noise nuisance could mean further seizures of equipment from the property.

Leicester assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, Cllr Kirk Master, said: “The noise nuisances took place during a time of coronavirus restrictions when residents were spending more time than usual at home, and unable to escape the noise.

“The seizure of his equipment was only necessary because the tenant failed to respond to any of our previous attempts to resolve the problem.”