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Date published: 3rd September 2020

A man in Stalham has pleaded guilty to three noise offences, including breaching a Noise Abatement Notice, Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday September 1.

Despite several warnings and the issuing of the abatement notice by the Council, the defendant continued to play amplified music at a level which disturbed his neighbours and prevented them from sleeping and enjoying their property over the Christmas period of 2019.

The Court ordered the following:

  • For the offence on 25 December 2019, a fine in the sum of £68 and victim surcharge in the sum of £32
  • There was no separate penalty for the other two offences;
  • A Forfeiture Order was granted;
  • Costs in the sum of £1325
  • Total £1425

Emily Capps, Environmental Protection Manager at NNDC, said: “This legal case was a proportionate response to an ongoing problem which was causing great distress to his neighbours. In my mind it represents a graduated response to an ongoing problem. Environmental Protection Officers worked hard, often out of hours (including on Christmas Day) to gather the evidence required to build this successful case.

“Whilst most of our cases can been resolved through education and engagement this demonstrates that where these methods fail and it is proportionate to do so we will use the enforcement powers available to us.”


Last updated: 3rd September 2020