Scunthorpe

Noisy neighbour silenced with £1,000 fine

A noisy resident in Scunthorpe has been forced to ‘zip it’ by North Lincolnshire Council after receiving a £1,000 penalty for keeping his neighbours awake.

Jack Day, of Chestnut Way in Brumby, was served with two abatement notices which prevented him from playing loud music, shouting and banging.

The Environmental Health officers who responded to the complaints found the noise to be so disruptive that it was a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act.

On June 5 and August 8 2018, officers seized all noise-making equipment from Mr Day’s property including speakers, TVs, a DVD player and games consoles.

Mr Day attended Grimsby magistrates court on August 17 and pleaded guilty to six counts of breaching his abatement notices.

Mr Day was ordered to pay a £500 fine, £500 towards costs, and a £50 victim surcharge – a total fine of £1,050.

The court also ordered that Mr Day to forfeit all the equipment the council had seized from his property. This equipment has now been donated to charity.

Councillor Ralph Ogg, cabinet member for Safer, Greener and Cleaner Places said: “Taking residents to court is always a last resort but when Mr Day was served his abatement notices he was aware that his behaviour was causing a serious nuisance in his neighbourhood and he continued anyway.

“We should all be considerate about how the noise we make is affecting our neighbours and if you’re living with noisy neighbours, don’t suffer in silence.”

You can find more information about advice and guidance on noise control here.