Nightmare neighbour fined and equipment seized

Stuart Terrace

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A Gateshead woman has been fined more than £1,000 because of her anti-social behaviour towards her neighbours.

Jamie McPherson, formally of Stuart Terrace in Felling, was prosecuted after being served with a Community Protection Notice for making her neighbour's lives a misery - which she then ignored.

Ms McPherson was served the notice for repeatedly playing loud music late at night and in the early hours of the morning. Visitors to her property also caused a disturbance, as well as being threatening and verbally abusive to her neighbours.

Seized TVs
Above: TV's seized from Ms McPherson's home
Gateshead Council's Private Sector Housing Team were asked to help and they warned Ms McPherson about her behaviour, but after all attempts to get her to change failed. She was then served with a Community Protection Notice. However, the noise and loud music coming from Ms McPherson's home continued to increase.

Gateshead Council then served her with an abatement notice and, after receiving further evidence of loud music, obtained a warrant to enter her home and seize all noise-making equipment including loudspeakers and televisions.

After the seizure, Ms McPherson was charged with causing harassment, alarm and distress to neighbours and failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice. She was summonsed to appear at Gateshead Magistrates' Court to answer the charges but failed to attend. The prosecution was heard in her absence.

Find out how to report a noise complaintMagistrates were shocked by her behaviour and the behaviour of her family and visitors. They found the case was proven and fined Ms McPherson £660, a £60 victim surcharge and £300 costs. 

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"Repeatedly breaching a Community Protection Notice served under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 is a serious matter. The Act is there to protect ordinary people and in this case Ms McPherson's neighbours clearly needed the protection of the law.

"Residents have the right to live peacefully in their own homes, free from disturbances or harassment. Ms McPherson had plenty of opportunity to change her behaviour but chose not to. I'm pleased the magistrates have taken such a firm stance."  

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19 March 2019

(photo: Google)

A Gateshead woman has been fined more than £1,000 because of her anti-social behaviour towards her neighbours.

Jamie McPherson, formally of Stuart Terrace in Felling, was prosecuted after being served with a Community Protection Notice for making her neighbour's lives a misery - which she then ignored.

Ms McPherson was served the notice for repeatedly playing loud music late at night and in the early hours of the morning. Visitors to her property also caused a disturbance, as well as being threatening and verbally abusive to her neighbours.

Seized TVs
Above: TV's seized from Ms McPherson's home
Gateshead Council's Private Sector Housing Team were asked to help and they warned Ms McPherson about her behaviour, but after all attempts to get her to change failed. She was then served with a Community Protection Notice. However, the noise and loud music coming from Ms McPherson's home continued to increase.

Gateshead Council then served her with an abatement notice and, after receiving further evidence of loud music, obtained a warrant to enter her home and seize all noise-making equipment including loudspeakers and televisions.

After the seizure, Ms McPherson was charged with causing harassment, alarm and distress to neighbours and failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice. She was summonsed to appear at Gateshead Magistrates' Court to answer the charges but failed to attend. The prosecution was heard in her absence.

Find out how to report a noise complaintMagistrates were shocked by her behaviour and the behaviour of her family and visitors. They found the case was proven and fined Ms McPherson £660, a £60 victim surcharge and £300 costs. 

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"Repeatedly breaching a Community Protection Notice served under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 is a serious matter. The Act is there to protect ordinary people and in this case Ms McPherson's neighbours clearly needed the protection of the law.

"Residents have the right to live peacefully in their own homes, free from disturbances or harassment. Ms McPherson had plenty of opportunity to change her behaviour but chose not to. I'm pleased the magistrates have taken such a firm stance."  

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