Posted on Friday 19 January 2018
Two Gateshead women have been fined £630 each for persistent loud noise that neighbours likened to “being in a nightclub”.
Danielle Beadle and Jodie Taylor of Overhill Terrace, Gateshead failed to react to repeated complaints from neighbours about loud music, singing, raised voices, banging and thumping coming from their property – mainly occurring in the early hours of the morning.
Due to the behaviour of Danielle and Jodie a neighbour felt they had no other option but to move from their property. They were unable to sleep due to the noise created and were often exhausted from being kept up all night.
Officers from Gateshead Council’s Private Sector Housing Team warned the women and tried to resolve the issue, before serving them with a formal abatement notice. Council officers recorded the loud noise coming from the property from midnight until 2.30am in the morning, which clearly showed a breach of the notice, and in August 2017 they decided to prosecute.
Miss Beadle and Miss Taylor were subsequently charged with failing to comply with, and repeatedly breaching, an abatement notice served under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The case was heard at Gateshead Magistrates’ Court this Wednesday (17 January).
Both defendants failed to attend the court and prosecution case was heard in their absence.
Magistrates accepted that the two women had ignored the many warnings issued to them by Gateshead Council. They found the case was proven and fined both Miss Beadle and Miss Taylor £300, ordering that they also pays costs of £300 to Gateshead Council, plus a £30 victim charge.
Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:
“Repeatedly breaching an abatement notice served under the Environmental Protection Act is a serious matter. The Act is there to protect ordinary people and in this case Miss Beadle and Miss Taylor’s neighbours clearly needed the protection of the law.
“Residents have the right to live peacefully in their own homes, free from disturbances. In this case, the two women had plenty of opportunity to change their behaviour but chose not to. I’m pleased the magistrates have taken such a firm stance.”