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Wellingborough woman prosecuted for noise nuisance

Published Monday, 09 December 2013

A Wellingborough woman has been fined and had her speakers taken away after playing loud music, at all hours of the day and night, for nearly a year.

Neighbours first complained about the volume of the music played by Tracey Plummer, of Shakespeare Road, Wellingborough, back in November last year. Wellingborough Council's environmental protection officers investigated the complaints by visiting both during the day and late at night, and also spoke to Plummer and wrote to her on numerous occasions. When the music continued, the council served a noise abatement notice, prohibiting the playing of amplified music, in July this year.

After the notice was served, officers witnessed four more incidents, including music being played late at night and on one occasion music on a Saturday that had continued from the previous evening. As the abatement notice was not being complied with, noise making equipment - including a television, games console and speakers - was seized from Plummer last month and she was charged by the council with four offences of causing a noise nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Plummer pleaded guilty at Northampton Magistrates Court last week and was fined £350, as well as £100 costs and a £35 victim surcharge. The court also ordered that the seized speakers be forfeited.

Cllr Peter Morrall, chairman of the council's community committee, said: "Everyone makes noise carrying out their normal day-to-day activities, but when it goes beyond acceptable levels and starts affecting neighbours' quality of life or preventing them from sleeping, it can become intolerable. A lot of people now have powerful music systems and televisions, but they still have a duty to make sure that any noise they make doesn't cause a nuisance to others. If it does, we'd always recommend that people talk to the neighbours to try and resolve the issue themselves, but if that doesn't work out we will investigate and, if necessary, take action."

Anyone concerned about noise can contact the council's environmental protection team on 01933 231 960 or by email at envprotection@wellingborough.gov.uk