Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Basingstoke Town FC stadium PA keeps residents awake

Basingstoke Town FC ground Image copyright Scriniary
Image caption Basingstoke Town FC has apologised and blamed a wi-fi receiver picking up taxis frequency

Hundreds of people suffered a sleepless night when a football stadium's PA system played loud, distorted music.

People in the South Ham area of Basingstoke complained about the noise coming from the ground between 22:00 BST on Saturday and 08:00 on Sunday.

The club has apologised, blaming a wi-fi receiver picking up the frequencies of the radio systems of taxis.

Resident Leighton Oliver has criticised the club for not acting sooner to stop the noise.

He added it could be heard three miles away.

'Badly tuned radio'

Another resident, who did not want to be named, told BBC Radio Berkshire he was woken by a "horrible scraping noise".

"It was like someone had put a microphone beside a really badly tuned radio," he said.

"It was so loud I'd be surprised if anyone got any sleep."

Basingstoke Town FC chairman Raffi Razzak said: "It's very unusual - it seems that the wi-fi in our PA box, which has been there for years for some reason, has started to pick up the frequencies of the radio systems of taxis.

"It was coming and going when a taxi passed with [its] music on.

"We never thought for one minute it could pick up signals from outside."

He said the system would be completely turned off when not in use in the future.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said officers had checked the premises after a call from a member of the public concerned that the social club may have been broken to.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council said its out-of-hours call centre received six calls about the noise.

"We will be speaking to the football club to clarify what exactly happened and the safeguards and procedures they have in place to ensure a situation like this doesn't happen again," a spokeswoman said.

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