Noisy Music Fan Has Stereo Seized

A music fan from Essex who blasted out songs by rock band Slade has had his stereo equipment confiscated.

William Jordan, 53, of Harlow, played the band's 1971 hit "Coz I Luv U'' so loud that it could be heard across a neighbouring playing field, a Harlow Council spokesman said.

After neighbours complained, three environmental officers visited Jordan's flat, in Parsonage Leys, and had to knock on the door between songs to make themselves heard above the glam-rock din.

The team removed his stereo equipment as Jordan had breached an earlier abatement notice.

Jordan later admitted breaching the order at Harlow Magistrates' Court on January 24 and was fined £100 with £200 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The authority was also granted a forfeiture order which allows it to dispose of the music equipment.

Councillor Tony Hall, from Harlow Council said, "Noisy neighbours make life a misery for everyone and Mr Jordan had not responded to earlier requests to play his music at a more considerate level.

"Court action is a last resort but sometimes is necessary if people won't listen to reason.

"This flat block won't feel the noise from Slade for a while, I suspect.''