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Cher fan has his stereo destroyed

Cher
Karl Wiosna annoyed his neighbours by playing Cher at top volume

A man who blasted Cher and U2 from his home has had his stereo equipment and music collection destroyed.

Karl Wiosna of Graig, Pontypridd, was warned to turn down his music by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council after complaints were made.

He was served with a noise abatement notice, which he later admitted breaching.

As a result, his two tape and record decks, radio, tapes and CDs were seized by the council.

All of Wiosna's equipment has now been destroyed and he was also fined 265 by local magistrates after he admitted the charges against him.

Environmental health officers were alerted to the unacceptable volume levels at Wiosna's property after complaints from a local resident, said a spokesman for the council.

'Clearly audible'

They subsequently set up expert sound recording equipment in a neighbouring house and after listening to its recordings of Wiosna's music were satisfied noise nuisance offences had been committed on 2 and 8 May.

The spokesman said the music was clearly audible from the front room of the neighbouring property and a legal notice was served on Wiosna, demanding he reduce the volume or stop playing his music.

A week later, officers were called out again and could hear Wiosna's music so clearly from a neighbouring property that they could pick out the lyrics to the songs he was playing, which included Cher and U2.

A warrant to enter Wiosna's home to seize his musical equipment and collection was subsequently granted by Pontypridd Magistrates' Court and acted upon that same day, added the spokesman.

During the raid on his home, council officers, aided by police, seized Wiosna's speakers, two tape decks and record players, portable radio and more than 30 tape cassettes and book of CDs.

The council's cabinet member for environmental health, Mike Forey, said: "We are committed to responding to the concerns of our community, especially when it comes to issues that affect their quality of life.

"In this case, the swift and effective actions of environmental health officers enabled the issue to be dealt with and I hope it serves as a reminder to others, that we can take them to court and seize their belongings if they do not cease causing a nuisance to others."


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