Electronics seized after noise complaints ignored in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 17:54 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:54 09 October 2017

The police and council seizing the electronics from a property in Hatfield.

The police and council seizing the electronics from a property in Hatfield.


A stereo, speakers and two TVs were seized from a flat in Hatfield after a warrant was issued following a number of noise complaints being made.

The items were seized from a flat in Clarkson Court on Friday, October 6.

St Alban’s Magistrate Court issued a warrant following numerous breaches of a Noise Abatement Notice served to the property back in June.

The council and police received repeated complaints about loud music and noise from the flat, often disturbing neighbours late into the night.

Bernard Sarson, executive member for business, partnerships and public health, said: “We’ve made many attempts to work with the resident, offering support and advice to help them understand the detrimental impact this behaviour was having on neighbours.

“It sends a clear signal to others that we will act if our advice and warnings are ignored.”

Environmental health officers were joined by street wardens and police officers to enter the property.

Sophia Adams, Welwyn Hatfield’s Safer Neighbourhood team inspector, said: “We take reports of nuisance noise seriously and will not tolerate this behaviour as it causes significant stress and disruption to neighbours.

“I would encourage the public to contact the council or the police via the non-emergency number 101 if you are experiencing something similar.

“In this instance, we took direct action after the Noise Abatement Notice was breached and seized the offending equipment. “The resident will now have to pay a significant fine to get their equipment back.

“I hope that this incident proves to be a lesson to the resident to not behave in such an anti-social manner in the future.”

The equipment will be returned if the £500 fine is paid within one month.

After six months, if the fine remains unpaid, the goods can be sold.

For more information about noise nuisance, including how to report it, visit www.welhat.gov.uk/neighbourhoodnoise

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