Noisy neighbour in Welwyn Garden City has stereo confiscated

PUBLISHED: 06:00 29 July 2013

Haldens, WGC street sign (Picture: Google)

Haldens, WGC street sign (Picture: Google)

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A NOISY neighbour had stereo and DVD equipment seized, after making other residents' lives a misery

Welwyn Hatfield Council confiscated the gear from a flat in Haldens, Welwyn Garden City, on July 16.

The seizure was carried out following a breach of an official “noise abatement notice” that was originally served on the nuisance council tenant in March.

Environmental Health Officers entered the flat with a warrant issued by magistrates and used a locksmith to help them get in to the property. A police officer attended and two street wardens assisted with removing and carrying the equipment away.

The gadgets can be held for 28 days.

If no prosecution proceedings are initiated within that period the owner can make an application to get it back.

After six months, if an application to retrieve the equipment has not been made, the council can dispose of it.

Executive member for governance and public health, Cllr Bernard Sarson, said: “Any sort of persistent noise nuisance can really affect the quality of life of surrounding neighbours and we needed to take remedial action following the initial noise abatement notice served in spring.

“The removal of the noise-making equipment can achieve the same result as a prosecution, and is a quicker and more efficient process.”

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