Borough Council of Wellingborough

Council prosecutes noisy neighbour

Published Thursday, 28 April 2016

A persistent noisy neighbour in Wellingborough has been ordered to pay a total of £975 in fines, costs, and victim surcharges, after being found guilty of breaching a noise abatement notice.

Trevor Moses of The Rylstone, in Wellingborough was originally served with a noise abatement notice in March 2015, following complaints from residents, which required him to take steps to ensure he didn’t cause a noise nuisance. Environmental Health Practitioners however, witnessed excessive amplified music which breached the noise abatement notice on 4 separate occasions in April and May 2015 which resulted in Mr Moses being awarded a 12 month conditional discharge by the Magistrates Court in August 2015.

Following this court hearing, excessive amplified music was again witnessed by Environmental Health Practitioners on a further 4 occasions during December 2015 and January 2016. Mr Moses was summoned to court on 19th April, but he failed to attend and the court fined Mr Moses £650 for the four offences in his absence and ordered him to pay £300 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

Amanda Wilcox, Environmental Health Manager for Wellingborough Council, said "this case shows that people do not have to put up with their neighbours playing loud music late at night. Residents within the borough are entitled to enjoy their homes in peace and the Council will act to protect that right where necessary.

"Prosecution is the last resort and we will always provide advice in the first instance, we will not however hesitate to take formal action where required, so that we can help maintain a safe, and healthy environment for everyone living and working within the borough."