Acomb buzz remains a mystery

York Press: Paul and Keiko Croft, with some of the equipment they are using to monitor a nuisance noise at their home in Clay Place, Acomb Paul and Keiko Croft, with some of the equipment they are using to monitor a nuisance noise at their home in Clay Place, Acomb

FRUSTRATED residents in an area of York are still searching for the explanation behind a mysterious noise keeping them awake at nights and blighting their lives.

Paul and Keiko Croft, of Clay Place Acomb, first noticed the unexplained buzz in mid December.

But despite weeks of investigations they are still no closer to finding the source of the noise.

The low-frequency hum flicks on and off every few seconds. It is barely audible and is drowned out by normal background noise through the day, but at night becomes instrusive.

Since starting in December it has disturbed their sleep so much that both Paul and Keiko have had health problems.

Paul said: “It’s all right for me because I go out to work, but my wife is at home all day and can’t get away from it.”

They have reported the problem to the council, and had engineers from mobile phone providers and electricity companies out to the area to see if their masts or power lines are behind the problem.

And since The Press first reported the Crofts’ plight a neighbour has come forward saying she has heard the mystery noise, and people from as far afield as Liverpool and Scotland have contacted Paul and Keiko to say they have had similar experiences.

Paul now believes the noise could be coming from machinery like a generator running constantly, but has not managed to track down the source.

He thanked everyone who has been in touch or helped the couple, including council and utility workers, MP Hugh Bayley, and members of the public.

He said: “We feel a lot better knowing there are people out there concerned about this.”

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9:13am Thu 30 Jan 14

Saywhat says...

I live near morrisons and I can hear it too. Sometimes over the tv. It's really annoying.
I live near morrisons and I can hear it too. Sometimes over the tv. It's really annoying. Saywhat

9:45am Thu 30 Jan 14

scooterboy says...

i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.
i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground. scooterboy

9:54am Thu 30 Jan 14

nasrudin says...

You're quite a way from where they are though, so either it seems unlikely to be the same source.

Things I'd try to detect where the noise is coming from (although they might already have tried all these):
Switching the electricity off one night at the mains.
Turning the water off one night at the mains.
Sleeping in a different room and see if it's louder / quieter.
Try opening a window to see if it's louder / quieter.
Try walking outside at night to see if it's louder / quieter in a particular direction.

Looking at google maps, there does look to be some rather large air-con units attached to the doctors' surgery right behind those houses?

If you can't find it, try going to sleep either to the radio or a noise generator (static / waves / etc -- you can get apps for this on a smartphone) or even use earplugs!
You're quite a way from where they are though, so either it seems unlikely to be the same source. Things I'd try to detect where the noise is coming from (although they might already have tried all these): Switching the electricity off one night at the mains. Turning the water off one night at the mains. Sleeping in a different room and see if it's louder / quieter. Try opening a window to see if it's louder / quieter. Try walking outside at night to see if it's louder / quieter in a particular direction. Looking at google maps, there does look to be some rather large air-con units attached to the doctors' surgery right behind those houses? If you can't find it, try going to sleep either to the radio or a noise generator (static / waves / etc -- you can get apps for this on a smartphone) or even use earplugs! nasrudin

10:20am Thu 30 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

scooterboy wrote:
i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.
It could be moles
[quote][p][bold]scooterboy[/bold] wrote: i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.[/p][/quote]It could be moles YorkPatrol

10:26am Thu 30 Jan 14

Saywhat says...

Morrisons in Acomb, therefore I am very near to them.!
Morrisons in Acomb, therefore I am very near to them.! Saywhat

10:58am Thu 30 Jan 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Hmmmmmmmm.
Hmmmmmmmm. Ignatius Lumpopo

11:18am Thu 30 Jan 14

MorkofYork says...

I'll swap your hum for the darts obsessive next door, the woman who takes all her phone calls outside under my window morning noon and night, and the guy who likes to start hammering things at half 8 every morning.

Grrrr my head hurts.
I'll swap your hum for the darts obsessive next door, the woman who takes all her phone calls outside under my window morning noon and night, and the guy who likes to start hammering things at half 8 every morning. Grrrr my head hurts. MorkofYork

11:24am Thu 30 Jan 14

tonyfromitaly says...

Possibly Ernies ghostly gold tops rattling in their crate.
Possibly Ernies ghostly gold tops rattling in their crate. tonyfromitaly

11:24am Thu 30 Jan 14

CHISSY1 says...

"Blighting their lives".Its a hard life.
"Blighting their lives".Its a hard life. CHISSY1

11:41am Thu 30 Jan 14

GixerGaz says...

I fully appreciate how noise that you cant control can be a complete blight on your life.

I had a noisy neighbour a few years ago and I ended up having to get the diving wall between our properties soundpoofed at a cost of £1,500! Didnt help though as my wife and I separated only a few months later and the house was sold! Then unbelievably, the noisey neighbour moved out!

I have other peoples noise! Especially music from crappy headphones!
I fully appreciate how noise that you cant control can be a complete blight on your life. I had a noisy neighbour a few years ago and I ended up having to get the diving wall between our properties soundpoofed at a cost of £1,500! Didnt help though as my wife and I separated only a few months later and the house was sold! Then unbelievably, the noisey neighbour moved out! I have other peoples noise! Especially music from crappy headphones! GixerGaz

11:52am Thu 30 Jan 14

GixerGaz says...

GixerGaz wrote:
I fully appreciate how noise that you cant control can be a complete blight on your life. I had a noisy neighbour a few years ago and I ended up having to get the diving wall between our properties soundpoofed at a cost of £1,500! Didnt help though as my wife and I separated only a few months later and the house was sold! Then unbelievably, the noisey neighbour moved out! I have other peoples noise! Especially music from crappy headphones!
Dividing not "diving" and hate not "have"...........jee
z I need to go on a typing course or go to Specsavers!
[quote][p][bold]GixerGaz[/bold] wrote: I fully appreciate how noise that you cant control can be a complete blight on your life. I had a noisy neighbour a few years ago and I ended up having to get the diving wall between our properties soundpoofed at a cost of £1,500! Didnt help though as my wife and I separated only a few months later and the house was sold! Then unbelievably, the noisey neighbour moved out! I have other peoples noise! Especially music from crappy headphones![/p][/quote]Dividing not "diving" and hate not "have"...........jee z I need to go on a typing course or go to Specsavers! GixerGaz

12:09pm Thu 30 Jan 14

TheTruthHurts says...

MorkofYork wrote:
I'll swap your hum for the darts obsessive next door, the woman who takes all her phone calls outside under my window morning noon and night, and the guy who likes to start hammering things at half 8 every morning.

Grrrr my head hurts.
Ill swap your chatty neighbour and darts obsessive for mine who has two yappy dogs locked out at all hours of the day and who dont (cant) realise that sometimes we like to park our cars in our garage or on our drive without having to pop round theirs to get them to move their vehicles.
[quote][p][bold]MorkofYork[/bold] wrote: I'll swap your hum for the darts obsessive next door, the woman who takes all her phone calls outside under my window morning noon and night, and the guy who likes to start hammering things at half 8 every morning. Grrrr my head hurts.[/p][/quote]Ill swap your chatty neighbour and darts obsessive for mine who has two yappy dogs locked out at all hours of the day and who dont (cant) realise that sometimes we like to park our cars in our garage or on our drive without having to pop round theirs to get them to move their vehicles. TheTruthHurts

12:35pm Thu 30 Jan 14

MrsHoney says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
"Blighting their lives".Its a hard life.
It is if you don't get enough sleep! I can hear it too and live quite far away from Morrisons. Kept me awake last night, so annoying. One night I'm going to have a walk about and see if I can find the source!! I suspect it's something to do with the railway.
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: "Blighting their lives".Its a hard life.[/p][/quote]It is if you don't get enough sleep! I can hear it too and live quite far away from Morrisons. Kept me awake last night, so annoying. One night I'm going to have a walk about and see if I can find the source!! I suspect it's something to do with the railway. MrsHoney

12:56pm Thu 30 Jan 14

CHISSY1 says...

MrsHoney wrote:
CHISSY1 wrote:
"Blighting their lives".Its a hard life.
It is if you don't get enough sleep! I can hear it too and live quite far away from Morrisons. Kept me awake last night, so annoying. One night I'm going to have a walk about and see if I can find the source!! I suspect it's something to do with the railway.
Train spotting at night.
[quote][p][bold]MrsHoney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: "Blighting their lives".Its a hard life.[/p][/quote]It is if you don't get enough sleep! I can hear it too and live quite far away from Morrisons. Kept me awake last night, so annoying. One night I'm going to have a walk about and see if I can find the source!! I suspect it's something to do with the railway.[/p][/quote]Train spotting at night. CHISSY1

1:27pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

Nocturnal wasps
Nocturnal wasps Archiebold the 1st

1:31pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

MrsHoney wrote:
CHISSY1 wrote: "Blighting their lives".Its a hard life.
It is if you don't get enough sleep! I can hear it too and live quite far away from Morrisons. Kept me awake last night, so annoying. One night I'm going to have a walk about and see if I can find the source!! I suspect it's something to do with the railway.
Doubt its railway as even overhead lines dont make that much noise (bar being at the power supply points) and they arent that close to acomb. It will be power related though but my guess is the actual grid. street lights etc...
[quote][p][bold]MrsHoney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: "Blighting their lives".Its a hard life.[/p][/quote]It is if you don't get enough sleep! I can hear it too and live quite far away from Morrisons. Kept me awake last night, so annoying. One night I'm going to have a walk about and see if I can find the source!! I suspect it's something to do with the railway.[/p][/quote]Doubt its railway as even overhead lines dont make that much noise (bar being at the power supply points) and they arent that close to acomb. It will be power related though but my guess is the actual grid. street lights etc... Archiebold the 1st

1:31pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Paul Hepworth says...

Troglodytes or fracking trial...?
Troglodytes or fracking trial...? Paul Hepworth

1:37pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Firedrake says...

In Jim Kelly's latest Fenland novel, The Funeral Owl, a newspaper editor states that his first reporting job was on a "daily paper in York" for which he investigated an unexplained hum in the Huntington Road area known - inevitably - as the "Huntington Hum". Exhaustive tests were carried out and no specific cause was identified. However, the experts concluded that York was an exceptionally quiet city, and the hum was probably a combination of entirely natural sounds such as the expansion and contraction of building materials; small animals (moles even!) rustling grasses and shrubs; water and gas running through the mains and so on. In other words the kind of minor urban noises which are normally drowned out by 24 hour traffic, aircraft and trains etc elsewhere.

All the above is of course in the context of a work of fiction, but I wonder if Kelly based it on a real incident. Anyone out there remember the "Huntington Hum"? (1970s or 80s I think.)
In Jim Kelly's latest Fenland novel, The Funeral Owl, a newspaper editor states that his first reporting job was on a "daily paper in York" for which he investigated an unexplained hum in the Huntington Road area known - inevitably - as the "Huntington Hum". Exhaustive tests were carried out and no specific cause was identified. However, the experts concluded that York was an exceptionally quiet city, and the hum was probably a combination of entirely natural sounds such as the expansion and contraction of building materials; small animals (moles even!) rustling grasses and shrubs; water and gas running through the mains and so on. In other words the kind of minor urban noises which are normally drowned out by 24 hour traffic, aircraft and trains etc elsewhere. All the above is of course in the context of a work of fiction, but I wonder if Kelly based it on a real incident. Anyone out there remember the "Huntington Hum"? (1970s or 80s I think.) Firedrake

1:42pm Thu 30 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

Paul Hepworth wrote:
Troglodytes or fracking trial...?
No need to swear…. Just “trail” would have sufficed..

Anyway, this guy should be happy what with his internet purchase.. although maybe that’s why he’s got a smile on his face whilst she looks so miserable.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Hepworth[/bold] wrote: Troglodytes or fracking trial...?[/p][/quote]No need to swear…. Just “trail” would have sufficed.. Anyway, this guy should be happy what with his internet purchase.. although maybe that’s why he’s got a smile on his face whilst she looks so miserable. YorkPatrol

2:40pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Justin7 says...

Well it is Acomb, so it's probably some massive underground cannabis farm.
Well it is Acomb, so it's probably some massive underground cannabis farm. Justin7

2:53pm Thu 30 Jan 14

T'Marcus says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
scooterboy wrote:
i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.
It could be moles
Yes it could be naughty moles looking for nooky.
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scooterboy[/bold] wrote: i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.[/p][/quote]It could be moles[/p][/quote]Yes it could be naughty moles looking for nooky. T'Marcus

2:53pm Thu 30 Jan 14

T'Marcus says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
scooterboy wrote:
i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.
It could be moles
Yes it could be naughty moles looking for nooky.
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scooterboy[/bold] wrote: i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.[/p][/quote]It could be moles[/p][/quote]Yes it could be naughty moles looking for nooky. T'Marcus

2:53pm Thu 30 Jan 14

T'Marcus says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
scooterboy wrote:
i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.
It could be moles
Yes it could be naughty moles looking for nooky.
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scooterboy[/bold] wrote: i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.[/p][/quote]It could be moles[/p][/quote]Yes it could be naughty moles looking for nooky. T'Marcus

2:57pm Thu 30 Jan 14

BKKYorkshireboy says...

My missus sleeps with little foam ear plugs in so she can't hear my snoring and groaning in the night.. maybe they just need to invest in something similar? Problem solved.
My missus sleeps with little foam ear plugs in so she can't hear my snoring and groaning in the night.. maybe they just need to invest in something similar? Problem solved. BKKYorkshireboy

3:03pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Dave Ruddock says...

I do fu=ind it odd that ONE family in a culdisac, and no others , the place street in qustion in close to the other Supermarket, Anyone thought of asking neibours, or Doctor check their hearing. Just Very Odd no one else, aor again the reporter not reporting the correct facts ...
I do fu=ind it odd that ONE family in a culdisac, and no others , the place street in qustion in close to the other Supermarket, Anyone thought of asking neibours, or Doctor check their hearing. Just Very Odd no one else, aor again the reporter not reporting the correct facts ... Dave Ruddock

3:19pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Robert Davro says...

It's definitely her love eggs!
It's definitely her love eggs! Robert Davro

5:55pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Fabius the Delayer says...

Robert Davro wrote:
It's definitely her love eggs!
"Huntington Hum"? a choir of newts practicing for a charity event to raze funds to fight the council over the Lendal Bridge closure.
(well done i thought it but didn't think it would get past the moderator )
[quote][p][bold]Robert Davro[/bold] wrote: It's definitely her love eggs![/p][/quote]"Huntington Hum"? a choir of newts practicing for a charity event to raze funds to fight the council over the Lendal Bridge closure. (well done i thought it but didn't think it would get past the moderator ) Fabius the Delayer

10:17pm Thu 30 Jan 14

muckybutt says...

Wonder if any of the authorities or this couple have looked into Harmonics ?

Electrical circuits can cause a low frequency hum - don't ask me how ! but I have seen and heard it, one job I was on at Hull University was particularly bad for it.
Wonder if any of the authorities or this couple have looked into Harmonics ? Electrical circuits can cause a low frequency hum - don't ask me how ! but I have seen and heard it, one job I was on at Hull University was particularly bad for it. muckybutt

1:47am Fri 31 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

scooterboy wrote:
i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.
Probably a faulty electric cable that will short and burst into flames, like what happened in Driffield a few months back....
... the bearer of good news eh!
[quote][p][bold]scooterboy[/bold] wrote: i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.[/p][/quote]Probably a faulty electric cable that will short and burst into flames, like what happened in Driffield a few months back.... ... the bearer of good news eh! Magicman!

1:53am Fri 31 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
MorkofYork wrote:
I'll swap your hum for the darts obsessive next door, the woman who takes all her phone calls outside under my window morning noon and night, and the guy who likes to start hammering things at half 8 every morning.

Grrrr my head hurts.
Ill swap your chatty neighbour and darts obsessive for mine who has two yappy dogs locked out at all hours of the day and who dont (cant) realise that sometimes we like to park our cars in our garage or on our drive without having to pop round theirs to get them to move their vehicles.
AT our last house, our neighbours' friends actually parked ON our drive, not just on the concrete ramp which is on the 'public' side of our boundary hedge, but right the way onto the drive up to the front door.... they didn't seem to realise why we weren't happy about it. Needless to say they were chavs. The bloke feigned a bad back for over 2 decades to claim benefits and yet built a flagstone driveway twice (first time he botched it), put up fencing, built a conservatory including the concrete foundations and roof work, and made a garden building for hiw moronic fat kid and his loudmouth mates who liked to play pool in there and play loud music until 4am - all of which I could hear because the guy never bothered to fit a proper door and just used a badly fitting piece of chipboard.
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MorkofYork[/bold] wrote: I'll swap your hum for the darts obsessive next door, the woman who takes all her phone calls outside under my window morning noon and night, and the guy who likes to start hammering things at half 8 every morning. Grrrr my head hurts.[/p][/quote]Ill swap your chatty neighbour and darts obsessive for mine who has two yappy dogs locked out at all hours of the day and who dont (cant) realise that sometimes we like to park our cars in our garage or on our drive without having to pop round theirs to get them to move their vehicles.[/p][/quote]AT our last house, our neighbours' friends actually parked ON our drive, not just on the concrete ramp which is on the 'public' side of our boundary hedge, but right the way onto the drive up to the front door.... they didn't seem to realise why we weren't happy about it. Needless to say they were chavs. The bloke feigned a bad back for over 2 decades to claim benefits and yet built a flagstone driveway twice (first time he botched it), put up fencing, built a conservatory including the concrete foundations and roof work, and made a garden building for hiw moronic fat kid and his loudmouth mates who liked to play pool in there and play loud music until 4am - all of which I could hear because the guy never bothered to fit a proper door and just used a badly fitting piece of chipboard. Magicman!

8:31am Fri 31 Jan 14

MrsHoney says...

BKKYorkshireboy wrote:
My missus sleeps with little foam ear plugs in so she can't hear my snoring and groaning in the night.. maybe they just need to invest in something similar? Problem solved.
Not really, I sometimes use earplugs but I don't sleep as well when I do and I don't think it's that good for you to be wearing them every day (even if they are new ones each time). Plus how do you hear your alarm going off?! It would be better to find the source and see if it can be dealt with, treat the problem not the symptoms.
[quote][p][bold]BKKYorkshireboy[/bold] wrote: My missus sleeps with little foam ear plugs in so she can't hear my snoring and groaning in the night.. maybe they just need to invest in something similar? Problem solved.[/p][/quote]Not really, I sometimes use earplugs but I don't sleep as well when I do and I don't think it's that good for you to be wearing them every day (even if they are new ones each time). Plus how do you hear your alarm going off?! It would be better to find the source and see if it can be dealt with, treat the problem not the symptoms. MrsHoney

8:48am Fri 31 Jan 14

Oyy you says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
scooterboy wrote:
i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.
It could be moles
With metal detectors....
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scooterboy[/bold] wrote: i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.[/p][/quote]It could be moles[/p][/quote]With metal detectors.... Oyy you

11:17am Fri 31 Jan 14

Fabius the Delayer says...

water running underground in hollow caves mine shafts and potenial sinkholes collapsing can cause low frequency noise only here'd inside resonant buildings while outside all is quiet. it a bit like the body of an acoustic guitar, the building resonates causing the noise, the source of the vibration can be a much lower inaudible frequency. recent flooding could be filling voids in the earth forcing air out causing piping or humming…..
water running underground in hollow caves mine shafts and potenial sinkholes collapsing can cause low frequency noise only here'd inside resonant buildings while outside all is quiet. it a bit like the body of an acoustic guitar, the building resonates causing the noise, the source of the vibration can be a much lower inaudible frequency. recent flooding could be filling voids in the earth forcing air out causing piping or humming….. Fabius the Delayer

2:05pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Anna Mossity says...

It's not the gentle humming of dozens of toddlers enjoying their cheese straws is it?
It's not the gentle humming of dozens of toddlers enjoying their cheese straws is it? Anna Mossity

3:03pm Fri 31 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

T'Marcus wrote:
YorkPatrol wrote:
scooterboy wrote: i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.
It could be moles
Yes it could be naughty moles looking for nooky.
With Paul or Keiko?
[quote][p][bold]T'Marcus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scooterboy[/bold] wrote: i too have herd the noise during the night, but it sounds like its coming from under ground.[/p][/quote]It could be moles[/p][/quote]Yes it could be naughty moles looking for nooky.[/p][/quote]With Paul or Keiko? YorkPatrol

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