Noisy cockerels in Leicestershire lead to warning

A surge in complaints about noisy cockerels has prompted a Leicestershire council to warn people the birds could lead to a £5,000 fine.

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council said the number of cases referred to them had jumped from eight in 2009 to 23 in 2010.

Officers said they believed this was due to more people trying to get their own supply of eggs.

Owners have been reminded the birds are covered by noise abatement legislation.

Failure to comply with a notice can result in prosecution with a maximum fine of £5,000.

Residents have been told to keep cockerels only if they wish to breed hens, to site poultry houses away from neighbours and to try to keep the birds inside at night.

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