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The music’s over for noisy neighbour

Besi Besemar April 5, 2017

A Moulsecoomb resident has been ordered to pay £1774.50 and had his music equipment seized for breaching a noise abatement notice.

Clive Goodall, of Hawthorn Bank, pleaded guilty to the breach at Brighton Magistrates Court on March 28, 2017.

Mr Goodall was served a Noise Abatement Notice in August after reports to the council’s out-of-hours noise patrol led to them hearing loud music coming from his flat late at night.

After several warnings following further complaints over the autumn, council officers witnessed Mr Goodall disturbing his neighbours by playing loud music, shouting and banging on December 5 2016.

A warrant was obtained to remove all noise making equipment from the flat, which included sound systems, CDs and a DVD player.

The Magistrates gave Mr Goodall a two-year conditional discharge, ordering him to pay full costs to the council of £1754.50, plus a £20 victim surcharge.

They also agreed that his sound systems, DVD player and CDs would be forfeited and not returned.

Cllr Gill Mitchell

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee said: “Like all anti-social behaviour, noise nuisance can cause a great deal of distress. Our officers gave Mr Goodall every opportunity to comply with the terms of his noise abatement notice and, in the end, we had no option but to take the matter to court.”

I’d like to thank our noise team for their great work to restore some peace to the lives of Mr Goodall’s neighbours. I’d urge anyone experiencing noise nuisance to report it to us.”

The Council  noise patrol operates on Friday and Saturday nights between 10pm and 3am.

To contact them call 01273 293541 or emailing outofhoursnoise:

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