”Noisy” Cher fan’’s stereo and CD collection destroyed by council chiefs

August 11th, 2008 - 7:53 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Aug 11 (ANI): Too much of something is never good, as a Cher fan found out when council chiefs destroyed his stereo and CD collection, after neighbours complained about the loud music.
Karl Wiosna, 44, had been given an official warning by the council for having played the singer’’s smash hit ”Believe” loud enough for the neighbours sitting in their front room next door to pick out the lyrics.
Instead of lowering the volume on the stereo at his home in Graig, near Pontypridd, south Wales, he simply started playing U2.
“The noise was just unbearable. It went from sounding like a drag queen’’s party to a rock concert. The music was just nonstop,” the Telegraph quoted a neighbour as saying.
When the neighbours could not take it anymore they hauled Wiosna before the courts, where magistrates ordered that his CD collection, record decks and stereo be destroyed.
To catch him in the act, the council first acted in May by setting up covert recording equipment next door, after receiving repeated complaints from neighbours.
He was then given a legal notice under the Environmental Protection Act, demanding he cut down the volume or face having all his equipment and CDs confiscated.
But a week later, the officials were called out again, and this time, the music was so loud neighbours could clearly hear the Cher and U2 lyrics.
Council officers obtained a warrant to go into Wiosna’’s house and seized his stereo and music collection on May 28.
He appeared before Rhondda Magistrates” Court earlier this month where he admitted a breach of a noise abatement order, and was fined 200 pounds and ordered to pay 50 pounds in costs.
Magistrates also decided to impose a victim’’s surcharge of 15 pounds and grant an application to seize and destroy his stereo and music.
Rhondda Cynon Taf councillor for environmental health, Mike Forey, hopes that it would serve as a reminder to others.
“I hope it serves as a reminder to others that we can take them to court and seize their belongings if they do not cease causing a nuisance to others,” he said.
But Wiosna was appalled by the decision, as he was losing out on a lot of money.
“They took PS500 to PS600 worth of stuff. I don”t think they should be allowed to do it, it isn”t right,” he said.
“I didn”t play the music that loudly - and it wasn”t just Cher - I used to play heavy metal as well,” he added.
He is not the first to end up in court after driving the neighbours to distraction with their music. (ANI)

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