Woman ends up in court after ‘annoying’ neighbours with loud music

An Ipswich woman who was handed a noise abatement notice in July 2014, but ignored it and continued to play her music loudly, has been sentenced.

Stacey Smith was issued with the notice on 22nd July last year, following numerous complaints being made to the council by her neighbours regarding the music noise coming from her property.

The notice required Ms Smith to avoid causing noise that could be heard by the people living in neighbouring properties.

However, on 5th December, a few months after the notice had been served, an environmental health officer from the council visited Ms Smith’s property, after neighbours once again complained about the level of noise from her flat.

The environmental health officer proceeded to check noise levels from inside a neighbouring property, where loud music could be heard even over the sound of the television.

After assessing noise levels from different parts of the building, including the external areas, and confirming that the noise was being produced from Ms Smith’s flat, the investigating officer finally left the site after listening to the music for a 30 minute duration.

It was as a result of his inspection that Ms Smith was taken to court by Ipswich Borough Council.

Appearing before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court, Ms Smith pleaded guilty to breaking her noise abatement notice.

She was fined £70 by magistrates and ordered to pay £300 prosecution costs, as well as an additional £20 to the victim.

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Nigel is the Managing Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution in the London office of Mackrell Turner Garrett.