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Noisy neighbour has to face the music

A resident who drove her neighbours to despair with constant loud music has been given a rude awakening of her own in the form of a £1,000 bill for fines and court costs.



On Wednesday 26 November at Stratford Magistrates Court, Waltham Forest Council’s Noise Team successfully prosecuted Sonia Dormer, of Wetherden Street, Walthamstow, for offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. She was ordered to pay £1,050 in fines and court costs, having already had audio equipment seized by Council officers including a stereo, speakers and a karaoke machine.



“We all enjoy our music but there is no need to make our neighbours lives a misery in doing so,” said Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment.



“This case shows that we will not hesitate to seize equipment or seek prosecution if amplified noise is having a negative impact on the quality of people’s lives. Hopefully this resident will now think twice before she decides to pump up the volume.”



Neighbours contacted the Council about Ms Dormer playing loud music from her ground floor flat. Officers visited the property on a number of occasions and found the noise to be excessive, but despite issuing warnings the complaints continued. This gave the Council no option but to instigate legal proceedings.



In court the Judge ordered Ms Dormer to pay a fine of £500 for seven separate offences recorded between March and July 2014, as well as £500 in costs and a £50 obligatory victim surcharge. She was also ordered to forfeit audio equipment that had been confiscated by officers in May and July 2014. In summary the Judge stated that Ms Dormer’s loud music had caused ‘daily living hell’ for her neighbours.



For more information on reporting a noise nuisance visit https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/pages/services/pollution-control-noise.aspx?src=pop-service&med=web&camp=hpt or phone 020 8496 3000.


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