Noisy neighbours are tackled

NOISY neighbours have been stopped in their tracks after a joint operation between police and the district council in Clacton.

The operation at a property in Hayes Road was the result of numerous complaints from neighbours about the din affecting their lives.

Two televisions, a CD player, speakers and amplifiers were among the items which were confiscated.

The residents of the property had already been served with an abatement notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Under the terms of the order they were not allowed to play amplified sounds which would disturb people living nearby.

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However more complaints led to the joint operation between Tendring District Council and the police on Thursday afternoon.

Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said the council would act on noise complaints when it had the evidence to do so.

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She said: “My officers tell me that we first received complaints about this property in 2009 and the occupants have been given several warnings.

“An abatement notice was served but that was ignored and breached and therefore the decision was taken to seize the equipment.

“People have a right to be able to enjoy their own homes without having their quality of life affected by noise nuisance – and we are prepared to tackle this issue where we receive complaints that can be substantiated.”

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