THE “noise busters” have brought the sound of silence to Huddersfield.
And they have put on show the results of their efforts.
This stereo and TV equipment was removed from 11 houses in Kirklees over one year leading to silent nights for their neighbours.
Now, after a 12-month appeal period, more than 50 speakers, 30 items of stereo equipment, two televisions, one computer and thousands of CDs are now in the possession of the council.
Most of the equipment will now be destroyed, as it is too expensive to have it checked for electrical safety for resale or to be given away.
Warrants were served and the equipment was removed by the council’s environmental health officers accompanied by the police following breaches of Abatement Notices, served under Section 80 of the Environmental protection Act 1990.
The owners of the equipment were prosecuted and the equipment was forfeited to avoid a recurrence of the problem.
The equipment will be disposed of in line with legal requirements. A proportion of it will be recycled under the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive.
Clr Mary Harkin, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “People who play their music too loud and cause a persistent nuisance to their neighbours should be warned that this can cost them dearly.
“Not only are they likely to receive a hefty fine, they also risk forfeiting thousands of pounds worth of equipment and being given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order.
“Recently one offender also received a three-month prison sentence for breaching a noise-related ASBO.
“We will always try and resolve a noise-related complaint amicably.
However, where offenders continue to cause a noise nuisance which results in the deterioration in the health, well-being and quality of life of their neighbours, we will prosecute.”