Noisy neighbour stripped of music equipment
PUBLISHED: 11:59 28 July 2011 | UPDATED: 13:31 28 July 2011
Audio equipment was taken from a noisy neighbour who played loud music late at night from his Barking home.
Joseph Philip was prosecuted at Barking Court and ordered to pay more than £1,600 in fines and costs after he breached a noise abatement notice four times in five weeks.
On August 24 noise and nuisance officers from Barking and Dagenham Council went to investigate a complaint of noise coming from Philip’s flat in Thornhill Gardens, Barking.
At 11.48pm they heard music loud enough to constitute a statutory nuisance. At 1.26am the same night he was issued with a noise abatement notice - a legal notice requiring the receiver not to repeat the noise nuisance.
The officers continued to monitor the situation and recorded four occasions when loud music was played, despite the notice.
These were on October 19 at 9.15pm, on October 26 at 11.45pm, on November 15 at 10.22pm and on November 23 at 9.07pm.
On November 23 2010 council noise and nuisance officer Marc Littlejohn obtained a warrant from Barking Court to remove audio equipment so as to prevent any further breaches. On November 25 he went to Philip’s flat with colleague Tim Jones and police officers. They removed a large Panasonic flat screen TV, an Aiwa cassette player, a CD player, two computer speakers and a Sharp VHS/DVD player.
Philip was charged with four counts of breaching a noise abatement notice. After pleading not guilty he was tried at Barking Magistrates Court on June 10 and July 22 2011. He was found guilty and fined £150 for each offence, plus £985 costs and a £15 victims’ surcharge.
Cllr Jean Alexander, cabinet member for crime, justice and communities, said: “This was clearly a difficult experience for the people who had to live near this individual and one they should not have had to go through.
“As this case shows, if you commit persistent noise nuisance you could lose your stereo equipment and end up with a hefty fine and a criminal record. Noise abatement notices are legal notices and they should not be ignored, otherwise you will have a day in court.”
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