Anti-noise service is to return

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A LATE-night service set up to combat rowdy behaviour will be back up and running in time for the bank holiday weekend.

Hartlepool Borough Council clamps down on noise nuisance by giving residents the chance to report any late-night disturbances caused by parties.

Residents will be able to call a dedicated mobile telephone number to report loud music, rowdy parties and other noise-related problems.

The service will operate from 10pm-3am on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning this Friday and continuing through to the start of September.

When a call is received, council officers will initially assess the extent of a problem before deciding whether further action is required.

The council’s principal environmental health officer, Adrian Hurst, said: “We don’t want to spoil people’s fun. But our message is that you can still have a good time without making life a misery for others.

“At this time of the year, people tend to have barbecues in their gardens and noise can carry some distance, particularly at night.

“Some people also tend to return home from a night out and decide that they want to carry on with the party, putting on loud music into the early hours.

“We would simply urge people to show some consideration to their neighbours and turn down the volume.”

Where staff are called out and they feel that a complaint is justified, people will be asked to reduce the amount of noise they are making and failure to do so could result in them being served with an abatement notice.

The ultimate sanction is prosecution at a magistrates’ court under the 1990 Environmental Protection Act and a fine of up to £5,000 if found guilty.

The hotline number is 07789 921338.