Noisy hi-fi destroyed by council

THIS is the moment a council worker began smashing confiscated hi-fi equipment as part of a nationwide noise-busting drive. The sledgehammer fell at Frizlands depot, Rainham Road North, Dagenham, during last week s Noise Action Week crackdown on neighbou

THIS is the moment a council worker began smashing confiscated hi-fi equipment as part of a nationwide noise-busting drive.

The sledgehammer fell at Frizlands depot, Rainham Road North, Dagenham, during last week's Noise Action Week crackdown on "neighbours from hell".

Council bosses said that one noisy neighbour in Eldred Road, Barking, who failed to turned down the volume, ended up paying nearly �1,000 in fines and costs.

Some of the seized equipment is donated to charity, but what cannot be reused is destroyed.

Darren Henaghan, the council's head of environmental and enforcement services, said: "The vast majority of residents are extremely thoughtful and do not disturb others with their noise.

"Sadly, there are a few people who make their neighbours' lives a misery with inconsiderate behaviour.