Audio equipment seized from Ashton following 'numerous complaints of excessively loud music'

Preston Council's Environmental Protection Team seized several items of audio equipment from an address in Ashton following a string of noise complaints last Friday.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 4:03 pm

On April 16, officers removed several items of sound amplification equipment from an address on Lulworth Avenue after a warrant was obtained by the Environmental Protection team.

They were assisted by Lancashire Constabulary's neighbourhood policing team in executing the warrant after Environmental Health officers investigated loud music coming from the Preston address.

CD players, speakers, amplifiers, radios, electric guitars and other equipment were seized following numerous complaints from neighbours regarding excessively loud music.

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CD players and speakers were among the equipment seized by the council

Noise nuisance was described as one of the common reasons behind neighbour disputes, with action only taken as a last resort following the service of a legal notice.

Ally Brown, Director of Communities and Environment, said: “Noise nuisance can be very stressful and one of the more common reasons behind neighbour disputes.

"Often the best way forward is to discuss your concerns with your neighbour in the first instance, before taking a more formal approach of reporting it to us.

“The enforcement action, in this case, was taken as a last resort following the service of a legal notice, which was ignored by the resident at this address.

The equipment was taken from a property on Lulworth Avenue

“We hope this will send a strong message that this type of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Preston. If residents are suffering from inappropriate, excessive or persistent noise from neighbours, they can contact the Environmental Protection team.”

And Sergeant Gemma Clifton from Preston Neighbourhood Policing Team added: “Instances of noise nuisance can have an extremely detrimental effect on the quality of life of the victims.

"On this occasion, our Neighbourhood Policing Team have assisted officers from Environmental Health with the execution of their warrant, and hope this sends a clear message that action will be taken against this behaviour.”

You can report noise in your area by reporting the nuisance to the council.

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