£8k music system seized

Coun Roger Berry
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A Fleetwood resident who played loud music throughout the day and night has lost his sound equipment and been fined.

Gavin James Blair, 36, of Beach Road, in the town, played loud music at all times of the day and night despite living in a semi detached house next door to a family with young children.

An investigation by Wyre Council found evidence of a sustained pattern of excessively loud music which could be heard in the adjoining property and caused undue stress to the residents, impacting heavily on their daily life and seriously affecting their sleep.

Blair was issued with an abatement notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 ordering him to stop, which he ignored.

As a result, Wyre Council entered the property under warrant and seized a substantial array of music equipment including a stereo system and nine speakers, some four feet tall, worth in excess of £8,000.

Coun Roger Berry, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental protection at Wyre Council, said: “The severity of this case and the impact on Mr Blair’s neighbours has been recognised and in refusing to hand the equipment back, the court has prevented this situation from arising again.

“I hope this sends out a strong message we are here to support families who are suffering and will take action against those responsible when appropriate.”

Blair appeared at Fleetwood Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to two breaches of abatement notice. 
He was ordered to pay a fine of £125, costs of £700, £20 victim surcharge and the noise equipment was forfeited.

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