Cher fanatic has stereo crushed
A Cher fan who blasted out her hits so loudly neighbours could make out the lyrics has had his CDs and stereo crushed writes Ben Glaze
Karl Wiosna, 44, used to play songs by U2 and Cher at such a volume in his Valleys’ terraced house people living nearby could hear her exact words.
Rhondda Cynon Taf council told a neighbour to keep a diary of when Wiosna belted out the tunes from his home in The Graig, Pontypridd.
The neighbour’s detailed records led to undercover experts installing hi-tech sound recording equipment in their home to monitor noise levels from Wiosna’s house.
The council said in a statement last night: “A legal notice under the Environmental Protection Act was served on Wiosna demanding he reduce the volume or stop playing music, or his stereo equipment, tapes and CDs would be seized.
“Just a week after the legal notice was received, officers were called to the address during an out-of-hours emergency by a neighbour.
“Environmental health staff in the front room of the property next to Wiosna’s could hear the music so clearly they could pick out the lyrics to the songs, which included Cher and U2.
“As a result of the visit, it was decided a statutory noise nuisance existed and further legal proceedings began.”
Environmental health officers applied to Pontypridd magistrates for a warrant to enter Wiosna’s home to seize audio equipment and accessories.
The application was granted and, later that day, officers – backed up by police officers – raided the house where they confiscated speakers, a tape and record player, a separate tape deck and record stack, a portable radio, more than 30 cassettes and a CD wallet.
Wiosna was told he faced prosecution for breaching a noise abatement order served on him earlier this year.
He appeared at Rhondda Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to breaching the order. Wiosna was fined £200 and ordered to pay £50 costs.
He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and an application to seize and destroy the audio equipment was granted.
At his home yesterday, Wiosna said: “I didn’t play the music that loud and it wasn’t just Cher, I used to play heavy metal as well.
“They took £500 to £600 worth of stuff. I don’t think they should be able to do it, it isn’t right.”
RCT council’s environmental health chief, 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.”