Noisy neighbours get equipment seized

South Ribble Council environmental health officers Michael Gowlett and Paul Blundell with part of the seized haul
South Ribble Council environmental health officers Michael Gowlett and Paul Blundell with part of the seized haul
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Games consoles and music speakers seized from neighbours causing noise nuisance in South Ribble are being put to good use by community groups.

The equipment was removed by the borough council from properties where residents had complained about unbearable noise.

Now the gear has gone to new homes where it can be put to good use.

An X-Box, PlayStation and a DVD player were among the items presented to Clare House, the women’s refuge for victims of domestic abuse and their children.

Several large sets of speakers have also been given to the youth centre in West Paddock, Leyland, where they will be used to give young people an opportunity to get some practical hands-on experience of refurbishing sound equipment.

A spokesman said: “The council investigates a wide range of complaints about noise by residents, ranging from barking dogs and crowing cockerels, to loud music and people carrying out DIY work at unreasonable times.

“Where it is deemed to be a nuisance, we will serve a noise abatement notice on the individual and if they continue making a nuisance, we will apply to a magistrates’ court for a warrant to enter a property and seize equipment causing the noise.

“Owners have up to six months to claim it back but must pay the cost of carrying out the operation.”

Call 01772 625340 to make a noise complaint.