Noisy Neighbour Fined £250 and has Speakers Confiscated

Cllr Paul GittingsA NUISANCE neighbour has been fined for breaching a noise abatement notice five times following a successful prosecution by Reading Borough Council.

Katie Wynn, of Silver Street, Katesgrove, also had equipment including TV sets and speakers seized and some items permanently removed due to her persistent noise nuisance.

The prosecution at Reading Magistrates Court on Friday 16th December follows months of evidence gathering by the council’s environmental health officers.

Miss Wynn had been given several warnings about ongoing noise nuisance caused by loud music and bass beats coming from her home since May 2013.

In July 2016, the council obtained a warrant to enter Miss Wynn’s property to seize noise making equipment. On 17th July the warrant was executed and equipment including three large-screen televisions, a subwoofer, two tall floor speakers, a hi—fi stereo system and three further speakers were seized.

Four council officers who had witnessed the noise nuisance gave evidence at the court hearing and some recordings of the noise were played back in the court room.

Miss Wynn, 23, who had denied the charges, was found guilty of five charges of neighbour noise nuisance in breach of a noise abatement notice for which she was fined £50 for each offence and ordered to pay a £25 victim surcharge.

The council also applied for a Forfeiture Order for the items seized in July, as no nuisance had occurred since they were removed, and the court ordered that the subwoofer and two floor speakers should be disposed of.

Councillor Paul Gittings, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services, said:

“Well done to council officers for securing a successful prosecution with the help of long-suffering neighbours.

“I know it can be time consuming and take some effort to gather evidence in these cases but I am glad we got a good result at the end of it.

“I hope this demonstrates that the council will take action against selfish individuals who are a persistent nuisance to their neighbours.”

David Millward

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