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Drum and bass pensioner Peter Tuppen has hundreds of CDs seized by council from Folkestone flat

By Victoria Chessum

More than 300 CDs have been seized from a pensioner's flat that was "wired up like a nightclub" after he ignored pleas to turn his drum and bass music down.

Peter Tuppen, of Stephen Court in Foord Road, Folkestone, had his turntable and stereo equipment confiscated after he ignored repeated warnings.

Environmental protection officers from Shepway District Council said his home also had a disco ball.

The pensioner's CD collection was seized after he ignored pleas to turn his music down
The pensioner's CD collection was seized after he ignored pleas to turn his music down

The council had received several complaints about late night noise from the flat and had repeatedly written to, and visited, Mr Tuppen asking him to turn things down.

Officers witnessed "excessively loud" drum and bass music and guitar solos themselves and said it made neighbours’ lives a living hell.

When Mr Tuppen, believed to be in his early 70s, also ignored a Noise Abatement Notice and carried on with his late night music, the council obtained a warrant through the courts and confiscated the goods.

A council spokesman said: “We all love to enjoy our favourite music in our own home, and it’s great that most people will do that with no problem.

"But when one person’s loud music makes neighbours’ lives a living hell the council has no alternative than to step in.

"The level and frequency of the noise in this case caused a completely unacceptable intrusion into the lives of other residents of Stephen Court.”

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