Noisy neighbour fined £1,100

Published Thursday, 16 November 2017

A NOISY neighbour, who continued to disturb fellow residents in a block of flats despite official warnings to stop, was fined £1,100 by Leicester magistrates.

The court was told that the noises included hammering, the use of power tools, loud music, shouting and singing both in the evenings and late at night. The noise would often occur on the landing of a block of flats in Deveron Way and, as a consequence, affected many residents.

Informal efforts by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s Environmental Health service to control the noise failed and so noise monitoring equipment was installed in a neighbouring property. This showed that the noise was having a continuous and detrimental effect on residents.

As a consequence, a Community Protection Warning was served which was soon breached and a Community Protection Notice was served in April 2017. The notice was breached several times and so the council decided to prosecute the offender.

The defendant, who did not appear in court when the case was heard on 6 November 2017, was fined £1,100 and ordered to pay £400 costs and a victim surcharge of £110.

Speaking after the case, Councillor Kevin Morrell, Deputy Leader of the Borough Council and Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: "As can be seen from the results of this case, Environmental Health will take enforcement action against those residents of the Borough who have a detrimental effect on the peace and quiet of their neighbours.
 
"The level of penalty sends out a clear message from the court that this behaviour will not be tolerated".