Council noise app helps convict nuisance neighbour
A council has warned that nuisance neighbours will not be tolerated following the successful prosecution of a man for breaching a noise abatement notice.
The man will have to pay a total of £6,488 in fines and other costs after he was prosecuted by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.
Neighbours had complained of loud music, a noisy television and loud conversations at the defendant’s former home in Hartington Street, Wolstanton.
Victims used the Council’s noise app to record the nuisance which they said was having a detrimental impact on their lives.
Eventually, council officers used a warrant to force their way into the offender’s home and seized several items of noise making equipment such as TVs, computers and speaker systems.
The man pleaded not guilty to breaching a noise abatement notice between 13 November 2017 and 9 April 2018 when he appeared before magistrates in Newcastle.
But he was convicted.
Magistrates were told he had been convicted twice before for similar offences.
When fines for the latest offence were added to previous costs and fines, the man will have to pay £6,488 and the court warned if he did not keep up with monthly payments he could face prison.
The court ordered the items seized by the Council should be returned to the man. However, he will have to pay the Council £600 to cover the costs incurred by the local authority in seizing the equipment in the first place as part of the prosecution.
A council spokesman said: “Noisy and nuisance neighbours who impact on the lives of others should be aware that the Council will not stand for this sort of behaviour and where there is evidence we will take the strongest action possible.
“Hopefully this latest conviction and the size of the amount payable should act as a warning to others.”
The Council has urged people who are being affected by noisy or nuisance behaviour to make a complaint via its website – www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk/noise .
They can also call 01782 71771 or visit Castle House in Newcastle or Kidsgrove customer service centre.
Its free to use Noise App for smart phones is also available on the website.
Last updated 12 September 2018