Noisy neighbour silenced in court

A noisy neighbour who played his music ‘so loud the doors shook’ has been silenced and ordered to pay hundreds of pounds at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court on Friday.

Darren Williams, of Taranis Court, Wavendon Gate, pleaded guilty to breaching a Statutory Noise Abatement Notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Magistrates told him that although ‘he could play music, he had to be considerate to his neighbours especially being in a block of flats, as everyone had to live together’.

He was fined £110 after the court took into consideration his financial means and the guilty plea. He was also ordered to pay costs of £200 to Milton Keynes Council a £20 victim surcharge. A Destruction Order was issued in respect of the seized stereo equipment

Magistrates heard how officers from Milton Keynes Council’s Regulatory Unit and Thames Valley Police officers under Operation Decibel visited Mr Williams home on June 7 and again on November 2.

They heard loud amplified music coming from his home over a period of more than 12 hours.

The music was so loud on one particular occasion, the front door was vibrating. It was impossible for the neighbours to sleep.

Officers arranged a warrant to seize the stereo equipment belonging to Mr Williams, but just before getting in he lost his temper and threw the equipment out the front door, breaking it all to pieces.

A council spokesman said: “Everyone is entitled to a reasonable amount of peace and quiet and we will always act against anyone who persistently refuses to stop this form of anti-social behaviour.”