Two years of screetching and no answers? (UPDATE: Solved)

See update below.

Originally published 11 June 2014

Mystery noise bugs residents. They can’t figure it out.

Neighbours tormented by mystery screeching noise plaguing entire housing estate – Bucks Herald.

A group of neighbours are at their wits end after being plagued with a mysterious screeching sound for two years –but still no one can tell them what is causing it.

Residents on the Stoke Grange estate in Aylesbury are subjected to the unidentified high-pitched sound – which can still be heard with the windows shut – on an almost daily basis, but despite several complaints to the authorities, they are no closer to finding out where it is coming from.

According to residents, it occurs almost daily in all seasons but when they hear it is inconsistent, even on holidays. Strange. No one seems to want to help them. Previous accounts of industrial noise are usually low-frequency droning or hums. Ideas include various buildings nearby but they can’t pinpoint it. There is no good info from the article. A search turned up no other articles. So, it’s hard to make anything of this.

Tracking noise means that special equipment must be used to find the source or at least log its occurrence. Maybe they can contact this town to see what their issue was from 2009. It seems like they need to get together and hire a professional to track this down. Complaining about it to the media probably won’t get results.

Here are other cases of mystery noises:

Mystery noise identified as jetty repairs in north Kent | Doubtful News.

Australia’s mystery noise creates buzz abroad | Doubtful News.

Another annoying Canadian humming noise brings citizens together | Doubtful News.

All “mystery sound” posts: Mystery Sound | Doubtful News.

UPDATE: (19 Jun 2014) Excellent update that the sound is found! It was a burglar alarm from the Stoke Mandeville Auto Centre on Wendover Road. An employee called one of the residents after hearing the story and they tested the alarm. There is no word on why it was going off at various times and how they didn’t notice. But residents are relieved, but have no kind words for the local officials who didn’t help them out.

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  6 comments for “Two years of screetching and no answers? (UPDATE: Solved)

  1. Indrid Cole
    June 11, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Better call Screetch Hunters.
    Maybe there is a niche opening up for a specialist like that.

  2. busterggi
    June 12, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Only two weeks ago I was perturbed by a mysterious reoccurring noise at night – spent hours checking recordings of owls and other nocturnal birds with no success. Then several fellow birders suggested it was a Gray Tree Frog and they were right.

  3. ApexDisorder
    June 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    I’m staying with 2 exgirlfriends of mine right now in Miami.
    There seems to be a hoard of mocking birds in the neighborhood. All day, all night, and I mean all night these things just go on and on non stop. Its driving me mad.
    If anyone has any tips to get rid of these creatures I would appreciate it.

  4. busterggi
    June 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    If they were blackbirds I’d recommend baking a pie but mockingbirds will laugh at the attempt.

    • ApexDisorder
      June 19, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Very witty, I like your style.

  5. rhapakatui
    July 23, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    “Complaining about it to the media probably won’t get results.”

    “An employee called one of the residents after hearing the story and they tested the alarm.”

    I know I’m late to the party on this one, but I couldn’t pass that up. Also, you’d think it 2 years someone would’ve walked toward the sound and narrowed down where it was coming from. It took me like 5 minutes the other day to find the dirt dobber that was wriggling through a crack in a window making an annoying buzz.

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