Noisy neighbour pays high price for nuisance


A noisy neighbour with an eclectic taste in music has been ordered to pay a total of £4,133.50, following a successful prosecution by Plymouth City Council.

A 43 year-old woman from the North Prospect area of Plymouth was found guilty in her absence of eight breaches of a Noise Abatement Notice, given to her in February, at Newton Abbot Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The court heard how the woman played tracks from artists like Billy Ray Cyrus, Elvis Presley and U2 at excessive volume, late in to the evening and into the early hours of the morning.

Evidence of eight breaches of the notice were obtained between April and September this year through recordings and visits by the council’s environmental health officers, who found the music and speech levels to be excessive and intrusive to neighbouring properties.

This led to the confiscation of all noise making equipment, such as televisions, stereo systems and speakers, in September.

These breaches of the order were recorded even after council officers had visited the woman in January 2017 to offer advice on what was and what was not an acceptable level of noise.

The woman, who was not in court, was ordered to pay an enhanced fine of £1,600 for the first offence with no separate penalty for the remaining seven charges. Furthermore, she will have to pay a victim surcharge of £160 and the council’s costs of £2,373.50.

The magistrate also ruled that the equipment seized in September, totalling a second-hand value of £480, will be permanently forfeited.

Dave Downie, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: “I’m really pleased that our team has been able to help out the neighbours of this woman.

“Everybody has the right to live in peace and quiet and to feel safe in their own homes.

“I hope that today’s verdict makes it clear that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated in Plymouth.”