EQUIPMENT seized from noisy neighbours across the county is now benefiting a range of good causes.
Northumberland County Council deals with more than 1,500 noise nuisance incidents a year.
In three of the worst cases, the Public Protection Service took televisions, radios and entertainment systems among other items from the homes of people who refused to listen to warnings.
Its officers are now giving away 12 pieces of the seized audio-visual equipment worth thousands of pounds to a number of local organisations including the Northumberland Women’s Refuge, YMCA and a dance group to help them with their community work.
Coun Anita Romer, Executive Member for Health and Public Protection, said: “Excessive noise has the potential to cause major disturbance to local residents. We will always seek to take action where people refuse to heed the warnings.
“I’m very pleased that this seized equipment will now be going to help local good causes.”
Northumberland Women’s Refuge provides nine family units for female victims and their children.
A spokeswoman for the organisation said: “When women and children arrive at the refuge they often have to leave behind all of their personal possessions.
“Donations, especially electrical equipment, helps them to feel at home in the refuge and can be taken with them when they move on.”