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Anti-social Behaviour and Noise

Anti-social Behaviour and Noise

Anti-social Behaviour and Noise The Anti–social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 updated a number of powers relating to the control and prevention of anti-social behaviour; some of which may be useful with respect to noise control. Those with responsibilities to protect communities…

Qualifications and Competence

Qualifications and Competence

In a recent noise enforcement forum questions were raised over the use of unqualified and inexperienced personnel to investigate and make determinations of statutory nuisance on behalf of local authorities. In particular, concerns centred around the possibility of legal challenges…

Dancing with the Grim RIPA

Dancing with the Grim RIPA

RECENT CHANGES There have been some recent changes to the way that local authorities go about surveillance activities. The provisions brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 tighten surveillance authorisation procedures and further restrict the ability to conduct…

Best Practicable Means

Best Practicable Means

The defence of Best Practicable Means is available with respect to noise emitted from industrial, trade or business premises. It is available as a ground for appeal and as a defence to prosecution. A short audio update was given last…

Section 82 – Statistics Update

Section 82 – Statistics Update

Statistics from the Ministry of Justice have recently been obtained relating to statutory nuisance prosecutions. Some of the figures stand out, particularly in relation to the use of s.82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. (Section 82 provides for persons…