Noisebusters wade in to give Paddock a peaceful night

A NOISEBUSTING team halted a Huddersfield party – after complaints from neighbours.

A NOISEBUSTING team halted a Huddersfield party – after complaints from neighbours.

And now the party organiser faces possible court action after the early-hours swoop on a flat in Paddock.

Kirklees Council’s night time noise officers seized TVs and stereo equipment from the flat following repeated requests to reduce noise from a party last Saturday.

It was the latest in a series of operations by the team, which deals with tens of calls each week about music blaring from houses and burglar alarms ringing out.

The Paddock incident happened in the early hours and the officers responded promptly to complaints from neighbours about the party in a block of flats.

An abatement notice was served after the party organiser repeatedly ignored requests to reduce the noise. It made it a criminal offence if the noise persisted.

A council spokesman said: “The party continued and a warrant was obtained.

“We spoke to a clerk of the Kirklees Magistrates’ Court and then visited the home of a magistrate to explain the situation.

“The warrant was issued and officers went into the flat to seize TVs and stereo equipment.

“Our actions meant that other residents in the flats were finally able to sleep in peace.

“Summer is usually our busiest time, as people have doors and windows open and party in their gardens.

“But we also get parties in winter for Christmas and the New Year, although people are a little more tolerant at New Year.

“The teams deal with three or four calls a night and very often, the people concerned respond positively. They often don’t realise the effect the noise is having on others.

“In this case, the householder will be formally interviewed as to any possible prosecution. In many of the cases, we do go to court and people are prosecuted.”

The seized equipment can be held by the council for up to 12 months if there is a court case and is often destroyed or handed on to a charity.

Clr Peter McBride, Cabinet member for Streetscene, said: “Kirklees Council is committed to supporting residents, and takes noise problems seriously.

“Everyone can expect some noise from the people who live around them, but if residents are being disturbed by excessive noise, then Kirklees Council’s Noise Team can help.

“We will try to resolve noise complaints informally where ever possible; equipment is only seized as a last resort, but this type of formal action will be taken if necessary”.

 
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