Churches in Namibia's coastal towns which are guilty of noise pollution have been called to order by the police.

After several complaints from community members about the noise made by these churches, the police last week held meetings with pastors who were asked to tone it down.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Community Policing Affairs officer for Erongo Region (Province), Sergeant Ileni Shapumba, told Nampa here Sunday that he had met two pastors from churches in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay and warned them to respect the local authority laws.

This came after he was bombarded with text messages from people complaining about noise coming from the True Gospel of Salvation Ministries International in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.

"Noise is the most disturbing thing, especially at night when people are trying to sleep. These churches use big speakers in the streets and they go on overnight," said Shapumba.

He said all churches should refrain from using speakers; should conduct services inside the church buildings and keep the noise levels low

Source: Nam News Network