Audio: Alarm causes sleepless nights for London Colney resident

PUBLISHED: 12:45 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:01 06 May 2010

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AN EXHAUSTED London Colney resident has been suffering sleepless nights because of a store s faulty alarm system. Anderson Mayers, aged 41, has been woken up four nights in a row by the anti-burglar alarm at the Co-op store opposite his house in Haseldin

AN EXHAUSTED London Colney resident has been suffering sleepless nights because of a store's faulty alarm system.

Anderson Mayers, aged 41, has been woken up four nights in a row by the anti-burglar alarm at the Co-op store opposite his house in Haseldine Road.

The alarm, which first went off in the early hours of Saturday morning, has been sounding for stretches of 15 to 20 minutes and Mr Mayers said that he has reached the end of his tether.

He added: "It's so loud and high-pitched that it's impossible to rise above it even when the windows are shut. And when it finally does stop, I can't settle back down because I keep expecting it to go off again."

Mr Mayers suffered the same problem last November, when the alarm was going off up to 10 times a day for more than a week. After several complaints to the police and the Co-op, an engineer was sent out to fix the faulty system.

But Mr Mayers said that the Co-op clearly had not resolved the problem and added: "The Co-op need to launch a proper investigation into their faulty alarm systems because this situation is totally unacceptable."

A spokesperson for the Co-op said: "We reported the fault and engineers visited the store on Tuesday to carry out repairs. We sincerely apologise for any disturbance we have caused to our neighbours and will do our best to ensure that this doesn't happen again.

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