Nuisance neighbour fined by Leicester City Council over loud music
A nuisance neighbour who ignored notices to stop playing loud music at her home has been ordered to pay more than £3,500 in costs and fines by magistrates.
Leicester City Council's noise team brought the action against Joanne Cullen (23), of Vernon Road, Leicester, after she breached a noise abatement order on seven separate occasions.
Complaints were first made against Cullen in October 2011, which resulted in her being given an informal warning in January.
This was followed by a noise abatement notice when she ignored the warning.
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Despite the notice, noise problems continued to be reported.
Magistrates granted police and noise team officers permission to enter Cullen's home to seize music equipment in February, but she replaced the equipment and officers had to make a second seizure of equipment, including televisions, DVD players and loudspeakers, in May, following further complaints.
Even when Cullen was told, in June, by officers that she was being prosecuted for six breaches of the abatement notice, she continued playing music loudly and breached the order again in July.
Cullen failed to attend the court hearing before Leicester magistrates on November 8, but was found guilty of all seven offences in her absence.
She was fined £600 and ordered to pay the city council's costs of £2,892, along with a £15 victim surcharge.
A forfeiture order was granted, meaning the city council would retain all the equipment it had seized.