26th May, 2019

Noisy neighbour hit with £800 fine

A NOISY neighbour in Leamington has been slapped with an £800 fine.

Dominic Duxbury of Tachbrook Road was convicted of breaching a noise nuisance abatement notice when the case was dealt with at Nuneaton Magistrates Court.

The order had been served by Warwick District Council following complaints from neighbours including raised voices, late night comings and goings and a barking dog.

In December 2016 council environmental health officers witnessed the noise and disturbance first hand.

As a result Duxbury was served with an abatement notice, which required him to prevent further noise nuisance to his neighbours.

But complaints continued and in May 2017 council officers witnessed a further breach of the notice.

Duxbury was summoned to court three times to answer the charge but failed to attend.

Complaints continued and last December it was agreed by magistrates the case should be heard in his absence.

Duxbury was convicted and fined £800. Magistrates also ordered him to pay full legal and investigation costs of £ 1,722 plus a victim surcharge of £80.

The abatement notice remains in force.

Council community protection spokesman Coun Andrew Thompson said: “Unfortunately we do have some residents who are suffering from the impacts of noise nuisance.

“If you are experiencing regular or repeated disturbance in your home from another property, then a member of our environmental health team can visit and make the required legal assessment as to whether the noise is intrusive.

“We live in a great community, but where evidence of a nuisance exists and we do not receive cooperation to change behaviours, then we are prepared to take the case to court.”

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