Monday, October 3, 2022

Dog barking leads to £2.5k fine

MICHAELA Beany, formerly of Essex Road, West Thurrock, has been fined a total of £1,250 and ordered to pay £1,228 costs after being found guilty in her absence of five separate counts of failing to comply with a Noise Abatement Notice issued by Thurrock Council.

At Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (February 15th) Thurrock’s prosecutor explained that complaints had begun in December 2010 about regular and ongoing noise nuisance caused by a dog barking loudly at her home. Following a number of visits to the address, including one where Environmental Health Officers recorded around 220 barks in 10 minutes, a Noise Abatement notice was served in May 2011.

Michaela Beany failed to respond to letters and visits to her address by Environmental Protection Officers and she failed to attend the court hearing.

Fines were issued for each of the separate breaches which were all witnessed by Environmental Protection Officers. A Victim Surcharge of £15 was made against the defendant who now lives in Dagenham.

Residents can report noise nuisance to Thurrock Council’s out-of-hours noise nuisance line on 01375 372468. Environmental Health Officers are on call every Friday and Saturday evenings between 9pm and 3am.

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