A man has been fined £1,800 after a London council had to seize his noisy speakers.

Brent Council confiscated items, including microphones and a keyboard from a tenant whose day and night music sessions caused dozens of noise complaints.

The man reportedly caused “widespread nuisance” by playing loud music and disturbing his neighbours in Harlseden. 


The council told the Local Democracy Reporting Service it received 75 noise complaints about the man from neighbours and was given powers to fine him and take away his noisy equipment.

The authority confiscated a wide range of audio equipment from the man’s home on Craven Park Road including a large speaker, two microphones, an electronic keyboard and portable sound system, according to a spokesperson.

A report by the council’s cabinet member for safer communities and public protection Councillor Harbi Farah said: “Finally, a good news story regarding a tenant of Craven Park Road, NW10 who caused widespread nuisance resulting in multiple and frequent complaints of loud music, playing day and night.

“The tenant chose to ignore the council’s abatement notice. Our officers secured sufficient evidence to prosecute and seize audio and amplification equipment under power of warrant. The defendant failed to attend the hearing but was fined £1,836 for music noise nuisance.”

The council launched a crackdown on noisy residents in July through a series of “party patrols”, lasting until the end of August. In a statement, the authority warned officers could confiscate stereo equipment if parties were making “unreasonable disturbance”.

It added: “They will be checking events to see that noise is kept to a reasonable level, using noise monitoring equipment, and making sure that any businesses have the correct license if they choose to host a party.”

Cllr Harbi Farah, said at the time: “After the last few years I want every resident to rightly enjoy the summer. Whilst we want people to have fun, disturbing others at unsociable times can be a nightmare for neighbours.

“I am glad that we continue back party patrols across the borough so that residents have the opportunity to celebrate summer and not dread a bad night’s sleep.”

The council’s noise nuisance team advises residents to tell neighbours about plans to throw a party in advance of the event. They are also urged to turn music down and close windows and doors after 11pm.