If, following service of notice, the nuisance continues, it will be necessary for the Council to gather evidence for the consideration of legal action and/or works in default. Such evidence will normally involve an officer witnessing the ongoing nuisance as it occurs. At this stage in the investigation you may be required to make a formal statement and to attend court as a witness to support the Councils case. It is an offence to fail to comply with the terms of an Abatement Notice. A person who commits an offence may be fined up to £5,000 upon conviction in the Magistrates Court. A Business found guilty of contravening an Abatement Notice could be liable to a fine of up to £20,000. For cases of noise nuisance the Council has the power to seize noise-making-equipment on occasions when further evidence of breach of Notice is obtained.