Noisy Medway man's stereo seized by council
A MAN from Medway who made life hell for his neighbours after blasting out tunes by Katy Perry, Robbie Williams and Celine Dion on a daily basis has had his stereo seized by Medway Council.
Mark Sigston from Rainham was forced to give up his CD players, amplifiers and speakers after annoying neighbours with loud music for more than a year.
He was also given a 12-month conditional discharge following a ruling at Medway magistrates last week.
Neighbours first complained to the council in October last year and officers visited Stigson's address in Quinnel Street several times before he was served with a noise abatement notice in February.
But the 31-year-old continued to relentlessly belt out songs including Celine Dion's 'All by myself', 'Angels' by Robbie Williams and George Benson's 'Greatest Love'.
Sigston's stereo was seized temporarily under a warrant in May but it was returned to him on July 11.
Three days later, neighbours complained of Stigson holding a noisy party at his house. Enforcement officers took all music-playing equipment and served him with a court order.
Sigston pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching a noise abatement order last Tuesday (September 11th). He was ordered to pay £1,100 in legal fees.
Cllr Mike O'Brien from Medway Council said: "There is nothing worse than annoyingly relentless loud music being played by a neighbour.
"I am glad we have been able to help those that lived near this man as he was determined to carry on playing music loudly without a thought for others.
"Anyone who has any problems with noisy neighbours should contact the council's Environmental Protection Team on 333333."