Noisy neighbour prosecuted by Exeter City Council
4th April 2014
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The Council received reports from nearby residents that Ms Bennett was regularly playing very loud music late at night and during the early hours of the morning. The noise was so loud that it prevented residents from sleeping. The Council’s Environmental Health Service carried out an investigation, recording the noise levels on tape and witnessing the noise pollution at first hand in the evening.

Ms Bennett was issued with a number of warnings before being served with a Noise Abatement Notice in September 2013. She failed to modify her behaviour and three breaches of the Noise Abatement Notice were recorded by Council officers, who also confiscated her stereo equipment under warrant.

At Exeter Magistrates Court, Miss Bennett pleaded guilty to all three breaches and was sentenced to a fine of £150 per offence. She was also ordered to pay court and prosecution costs which with fines totalled £570. The court also made an order that the stereo equipment seized by officers on 6 February 2014 should be forfeited.

Keith Owen, Lead Councillor for Environment, Health and Wellbeing said: "Persistent noisy neighbours can make life intolerable for families and other residents living nearby and this is unacceptable. The Council takes the issue of statutory noise nuisance seriously and will take action against those that decide to ignore warnings and continue to make the lives of their neighbours a misery." 

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