Noisy neighbour faces the music in Stevenage court

A NOISY neighbour who ignored a notice requiring her not to play loud music has been fined. Melanie Conway, of Salisbury Road, Stevenage pleaded guilty at the town magistrates court to two breaches of a noise abatement notice. She was fined �35 for each

A NOISY neighbour who ignored a notice requiring her not to play loud music has been fined.

Melanie Conway, of Salisbury Road, Stevenage pleaded guilty at the town magistrates' court to two breaches of a noise abatement notice.

She was fined �35 for each offence and ordered to pay �200 costs plus a �15 victim surcharge.

Stevenage Borough Council had served the notice on the property in November 2008 after complaints about loud music and other anti-social behaviour.


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However, complaints about loud music continued and the council decided to prosecute after environmental health officers witnessed the noise on two separate occasions.

On the first visit, the noise could be heard 40 metres away, while on the second visit loud music could be heard after 3am.

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Anyone who has a problem with noise nuisance can contact the council's environmental health unit on 01438 242908.

In addition, from 9pm Saturdays to 2am on Sundays, the council has a noise patrol on duty to respond to complaints. To contact the noise patrol during these hours, call 07810 154914.

Richard Henry, the council's executive member for safer and stronger communities, said: "This case demonstrates that we are prepared to take whatever action is necessary against those people whose irresponsible behaviour makes life unpleasant for others. Anyone who is suffering from noise nuisance is welcome to contact us for advice and assistance.

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