DESPITE receiving an average of four complaints every week about noise, Scottish Borders Council hasn't pushed for a single prosecution.

Loud music, barking dogs and rowing neighbours can cause massive frustration for residents.

And the local authority's safer communities team will investigate any noise complaint which is believed to fall into anti-social behaviour.

Environmental health officers can also measure sound levels to see if any offence is being committed.

But figures released through Freedom of Information show that no prosecutions have been made in the Borders over the past four years.

A local authority spokesperson said: “The council investigates all noise complaints and will work with the parties involved to resolve the issues before any formal action is taken."

During both 2017 and 2018, the local authority was contacted more than 200 times by angry neighbours.

There was just short of 190 complaints over noise nuisance in the previous two years.

Although no official warnings were issued and no prosecutions made, the local authority say they will act if initial mediation doesn't work.

The spokesperson added: “If, following intervention from the council, the problem still persists an abatement notice can be issued requesting that action is taken.

“If the abatement notice is not complied with, a report can be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal for a breach of the notice.”