Blaring music lands nosiy neighbour hefty fine

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A NOISY neighbour has been ordered to pay more than £1,300 for playing loud music into the early hours at his home in Olney.

Charles Creed of White Hill, Olney, appeared before city magistrates on Friday, November 2 to admit a breach of a statutory noise nuisance abatement notice served under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The court heard that a call was made by a neighbour to Milton Keynes Council’s out of hours environmental health service in the early hours of Wednesday, June 27 at around 2am.

An Environmental Health Officer visited the vicinity of White Hill at 2.40am and the noise was continuing.

Noise from loud amplified music at Mr Creed’s address was the dominant sound for a 70 metre radius around the property. The volume was such that it would have been easily heard inside a number of surrounding houses. The noise was monitored for 30 minutes at various locations in the vicinity.

On the July 2, 2012, an application was made to Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court for a warrant to enter Mr Creed’s house to seize equipment capable of playing amplified music.

The warrant application was successful and was executed two days later on July 4. Items capable of playing loud amplified music, including a HiFi, television and Playstation 3 were seized.

Mr Creed, 22, who pleaded guilty to the offence, was fined £600 with £740 legal costs. The court also confirmed forfeiture of the equipment in question, which will be held by the council for six months and then donated to charity.

Head of the council’s regulatory unit, Karen Ford, said: “Neighbour noise can make people’s lives a misery, and it’s simply not acceptable. We hope that this case will send a clear message out to people that this kind of noise nuisance won’t be tolerated.

“However, some good will come of this, as the seized equipment will be donated to a worthy cause.”