The volume of a loudspeaker system at a theme park fined for creating too much noise was lowered yesterday as a first step to comply with a court order.

Alton Towers in Staffordshire has fitted limiters to loudspeakers after being served with a noise abatement notice last year.

The order followed a private prosecution brought by a couple who live in a cottage in the hamlet of Farley, just 100 yards from the main entrance, who claimed the din from the site had made their lives a "nightmare".

Tussauds Theme Parks Ltd, which runs the attraction, was also fined #5,000 by a judge sitting at Stafford Crown Court last November.

An Alton Towers spokeswoman said that modifications to the sound system would have no real impact on the experience of visitors.

She said attempts to reduce the noise generated by rides and thrill-seekers would not be implemented until after an appeal lodged against the court's judgment.

The appeal hearing is scheduled to take place at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on July 11.