Court issues fine for noise nuisance

Jenny Dowman, of Portsea Road, Tilbury, has been fined £150 and ordered to pay £200 costs after pleading guilty to failing to comply with a Noise Abatement Notice issued by Thurrock Council.

On Thursday (March 25th) Basildon Magistrates Court heard that neighbours had complained about loud music coming from Dowman’s house on a number of occasions during 2010. Thurrock Council Environmental Health Officers witnessed the noise during visits, including once in the early hours of the morning.

In October last year a noise abatement notice was served and in December a warrant was executed to seize equipment being used to play the loud music.

Last week the court granted an order for equipment to be forfeited and destroyed. As well as costs Dowman was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

Residents can report noise nuisance from loud amplified music to Thurrock Council’s out-of-hours noise nuisance line which is relaunched this week (from Friday, 1 April) until the last weekend in September. The number to call is 01375 372468.

Environmental Health Officers are on call every Friday (excluding Friday April 29) and Saturday evenings between 9pm and 3am – and Sunday evenings when followed by a Bank Holiday.

Complaints are dealt with in the order that they are received and visits are made as soon as it possible on any given night.

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