A man who made neighbours’ lives a misery by blasting out Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On has had his sound equipment seized.
The man, who is in his 40s, was heard blaring out tunes including the Titanic ballad and others like James Brown’s Sex Machine, Apache Indian’s Boom Shack A Lack, Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild and the theme tune to Toy Story, You’ve Got A Friend In Me.
After being monitored by Medway Council’s Environmental Protection team, a Noise Abatement Order was served.
Following six breaches of that order a warrant was obtained from magistrates and officers then seized thousands of pounds worth of equipment from the man’s home in Hone Street, Strood.
They included anything that could cause more noise like his 3D TV, a laptop, various speakers, a sound docking station with iPod 32 DVDs, CDs and a PlayStation 3.
Officers had witnessed music being played in the afternoon and early evening.
The equipment is now in storage and after 28 days the man can apply for its return.
Medway Council will also now consider prosecuting the man under the Environmental Protection Act and magistrates could decide to destroy the equipment in the future.
Cllr Peter Hicks, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “It only takes one complaint, as in this case, and we will act.
“People have the right to lead a peaceful existence without it being ruined by loud music.
“We won’t tolerate this sort of behaviour and anyone who blasts out music or creates other noise nuisance should let this be a warning to them.”
Last month, officers seized 96 pieces of equipment from a man in Rainham after he was caught playing drum and bass music as early as 9 in the morning.
For more information on how to report noise nuisance, visit medway.gov.uk or call 01634 333333.