Noisy neighbour handed Criminal Behaviour Order

Residents of a Crownhill street may finally rest easy after a noisy neighbour was given a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) in her absence at Plymouth Magistrates today.

The 39 year-old woman, of Tailyour Road, was successfully prosecuted by the Council’s Environmental Protection Team earlier this year and is now forbidden from playing music, day or night, at a volume that can be heard outside her home, including music heard at the front or back of the property, for a period of three years.

A breach of this order could result in a prison sentence of up to five years.

The court heard how the woman had pleaded guilty on 2 January to failing to comply with a previously issued Community Protection Notice on three separate occasions in April, May and June 2017. An application had also been made for a Criminal Behaviour Order which was adjourned for a hearing today.

Barrister Amy Edinborough, acting on behalf of the council, today told the court that the woman had caused other residents distress for almost 12 years.

Councillor Dave Downie, Cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: “I welcome today’s court decision and am delighted that our team have pursued this course of action.

“This woman had several chances to settle this matter outside of court but we were not to be deterred and we have had a good result today.

“We are not afraid to prosecute those who cause distress to others and hope that this serves as a warning – causing others misery will not be tolerated.”