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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Cumbria police and partners host webchat to tackle noisy neighbour

Cumbria police are holding a webchat focused on noise nuisance will be taking place this week.

The webchat, on Friday December 6 at 7-9pm is as a result of the number of calls to the police recently reporting excessive noise from neighbour’s homes. This can be a particular issue over the festive period.

Inspector Barry Bell, from Carlisle West Neighbourhood Policing Team, explains: “Approximately 45% of all anti-social behaviour calls we receive are related to problems with noise from neighbours. It is obviously a concern in the local community and we’re keen to speak to local people in this webchat and provide advice and answer any questions they may have.

“Environmental Health work hard to solve any problems with noise nuisance, and I would urge anyone who has problems with the level of noise coming from a neighbouring property to contact them to find a long-term solution to the problem. It is much better to catch the problem early, and sort a sustainable solution, before it requires police presence.”

Janet Blair, from Environmental Health, said: “Wherever possible it is strongly recommended that you talk to your neighbour regarding the noise you are experiencing in a pleasant and none threatening manner. Sometimes neighbours are unaware that they are causing a noise problem. This is particularly the case with barking dogs where the owner is away at work, as the dog will only bark in their absence.

“It should also be noted that just because we can hear a noise it does not make it a statutory nuisance.”

Tracey Edmondson, Estate Management Team Leader says: “Riverside understand how much stress can be caused by nuisance behaviour. This covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that can seriously affect people’ quality of life. It can include groups of people causing annoyance, fly tipping, drug abuse, drug dealing, noise nuisance and nuisance from pets.

“We treat all reports of nuisance seriously. We work in partnership with local police and other agencies to help tackle and prevent issues related to nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

“We’re committed to creating safer places to live and encourage residents to report any incidences of nuisance behaviour to us, or the relevant agency.”

The chat can be accessed at: www.cumbria.police.uk/contact-us/online-meetings/carlisle-west-online-meetings

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