Noisy neighbours silenced in Bedlington

Officers from Northumberland County Council's Housing and Public Protection Service today (August 8) executed a warrant on an address in Bedlington to seize over 20 items including televisions, hifi systems, loudspeakers and musical instruments which were being used to cause a noise nuisance to neighbours both day and night.

The operation was supported by the Bedlington Neighbourhood Policing Team from Northumbria Police.

The Council had served a noise abatement notice on the owners and occupiers of the property earlier this year to stop them from causing a noise nuisance to their neighbours. But they ignored the notice and today faced the consequences.  

To prevent further disturbance a team of Council officers supported by the police entered the property by force and removed all equipment capable of producing amplified sound (pictured awaiting removal).

Northumberland County Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet member with responsibility for public protection, said: “Today’s action clearly demonstrates the Council’s commitment and determination to protect local communities from irresponsible individuals and our intention to use the full force of the law when needed.

“We will not tolerate the small minority whose anti-social behaviour  affects the quality of life for the rest of the community.”

Sergeant Rebecca Felton, who heads up the police neighbourhood team in Bedlington, added: “This property has been the subject for numerous noise complaints from local residents in the area despite warnings from both council and the police.

“Following these complaints, we have been working with the council to gather intelligence about this address and its occupants.

“This activity has come about because of intelligence from the community and we would always encourage residents to give us a call when they have concerns.”
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