Silent victory as council seizes noisy karaoke fan’s equipment

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A NOISY karaoke fan has been silenced after a South Yorkshire council won a court order to seize her equipment.

Enforcement officers from Rotherham Council community protection unit obtained the warrant from Rotherham Magistrates’ Court.

It allowed them to visit Eileen Buckley’s home in Park Lane, Thrybergh, to remove the equipment.

The court heard she had regularly disturbed neighbours by playing loud music and causing anti-social behaviour by singing.

Council officers had been investigating the situation since earlier in the year and had also served a legal notice on the council tenant requiring her to take all necessary steps to stop the noise nuisance.

Buckley, aged 38, did not comply with the notice.

After more complaints, the community protection unit obtained a warrant authorising them to enter her property and seize all the equipment capable of causing a noise nuisance.

Accompanied by police officers from the Rawmarsh Safer Neighbourhood Team, the officers seized her television and stereo equipment.

Coun Rose McNeely, Rotherham Council cabinet member for housing, said: “This authority will not tolerate serious persistent nuisance.

“It is vital the council does all in its power to ensure the public are protected from anti-social behaviour, and this is an excellent example of officers improving the quality of life of those affected.”