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JUDGE CRITICISES COUNCIL FOR NOT ACTING ON NOISE

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An Old Bailey judge yesterday criticised the failure of the local authorities to prevent noise pollution and said t...
An Old Bailey judge yesterday criticised the failure of the local authorities to prevent noise pollution and said they must bear some of the moral responsibility for the tragedy in which a woman died falling from a tower block trying to escape a fire.

The Guardian reports (p7) the jailing yesterday of National Front supporter Peter Thurston for life for murder after he firebombed a noisy party.

Waltham Forest LBC had been aware since 1982 of a noise problem in Thurston's block, which was later taken over by a housing action trust, the court heard.

A council spokesman told the paper that it would review procedures in the light of the judge's comments.

But steps had been made to reduce noise from the pay-parties in the block, including court action, The Guardian reports.

The Times (p13) reports that domestic noise has become the most common complaint received by local authorities. Two thirds of all complaints about noise last year involved late-night music, revving engines, car alarms and horns. Only three per cent of the 162,070 total led to prosecution.

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