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What can the police do about noise complaints?

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If you are dealing with noisy neighbours, before involving any outside organisations, it is best to first try and resolve the issue with your neighbour, especially if this is the first such incident. Involving outside organisations can cause tension, and may affect your relationship with your neighbour.

Noise nuisance is generally treated as an environmental health matter, to be handled by the local council. Your name and address would normally be kept in strict confidence and would not be released to the person causing the noise. However, if the council decides to take legal action, you should be prepared to give a statement and attend court to give evidence. In almost all cases you should contact your council before involving the police.

In very serious cases of noise nuisance, the police and local councils can work together to seek anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) against residents causing alarm, harassment and distress to others.

Where the noise is associated with intimidating, violent or threatening behaviour/language and you believe that you or someone else may be in immediate danger, please dial 999.


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