A Westward Ho! man fined for excessive noise has had his equipment seized by a court order.
North Devon Magistrates’ Court granted Torridge District Council (TDC) a warrant to seize all Mathew Clark’s noise equipment after he continued to play music at high volumes.
He previously pleaded guilty to breaching a Community Protection Notice served on him by TDC and was fined £330, plus costs and a victim surcharge totalling £1,338.
The prosecution followed a lengthy investigation and several previous attempts seeking to get Clark to modify his behaviour regarding excessive noise generated from his home.
He had been served with a Community Protection Notice in August 2017 which required him not to disturb neighbouring residents at any time with amplified sound from his premises, including sound from playing any music, games consoles or any other electronic devices such as televisions or IT equipment.
Despite this further complaints had been made by his neighbours who continued to report music being played at high volumes, starting in the evening, and frequently going on into the early hours of the morning.
TDC environmental officers made further investigations into these complaints which included taken recordings of the noise to prove the nuisance.
As a result officers took the evidence back to court and were granted a warrant to enter the premises to seize any noise equipment from the property.
The warrant was executed in a joint operation with the police, and as a result council officers removed two large TVs, several stereo amplifiers, a blue ray player and a games console from Clark’s home.
The equipment will now be kept for a minimum of 28 days while a prosecution case is prepared for the contravention of the noise abatement order.
An application may also be made to the court for the permanent forfeiture of the seized items which may then be destroyed or disposed of.
Lead member for the environment, Councillor Ken James said: “It really is astounding that the individual being prosecuted in this case has failed to moderate his behaviour after all the warnings and the substantial fine the court previously imposed.
“With the assistance of the police he has now forfeited all TVs, stereo equipment and games consoles that were present in the property, with the potential for these to remain confiscated on a permanent basis.
“Thankfully not everyone is as thoughtless to their neighbours as this individual but it does show that the council take these complaints seriously and will continue to prosecute where necessary.
“Hopefully the ongoing action in this case will improve the quality of life for some of the neighbouring residents.”