Noisy neighbours prosecuted

Published Thursday, 3 August 2017

A Beckenham couple have been prosecuted for breaking a noise abatement notice by continuing to play loud music.

Daryl Ellis and Carly Monckton of Mackenzie Road failed to appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court and the matter was proved in their absence. A forfeiture order was also granted for the retention of seized equipment and they were ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £2,040.

“Whether it’s loud music, burglar and car alarms or barking dogs, neighbours shouldn’t have to put up with this anti-social behaviour and as a last resort, we will take court action if necessary. Excessive noise can be a real nuisance - it can have a negative impact on our health and wellbeing and can’t be allowed to continue. We are all entitled to some peace and quiet in our own homes but the inconsiderate actions of a small minority have made that impossible.” said Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Safety. 

The court heard that in September 2016, a resident complained about loud amplified music at the property in Mackenzie Road - similar complaints had also been made in the past. A log was kept detailing each noise incident over the course of two weeks and following further investigation and installation of noise monitoring equipment, the recordings revealed a level of noise considered to be a statutory nuisance by the environmental health officer investigating the case. 

A warning letter and then service of a noise abatement notice to Daryl Ellis followed and two months later, loud music at the property was reported again. Following the environmental health officer’s subsequent visit where the noise nuisance was witnessed first-hand, seventeen items of noise generating equipment was seized and court proceedings commenced. 

Around 4,000 noise complaints are dealt with each year ranging from domestic noise such as loud music, parties, barking dogs and property alarms to commercial noise from pubs, nightclubs, restaurants and shops. For further advice, including reporting noise problems, visit www.bromley.gov.uk/report or visit our noise advice pages

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Notes to editors: 

  • The case was heard at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 19 July 2017. Daryl Ellis and Carly Monckton were each fined £450, plus £45 court surcharge and £525 in costs. 
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