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Man fined for unacceptable behaviour towards neighbours

Gateshead Magistrates

A Gateshead man has been fined over £600 for his anti-social behaviour towards his neighbours.

Cameron Wood, 20, has been convicted of failing to comply with a noise Abatement Notice, served on him by Gateshead Council. 

Wood, who was staying at a relative's home on Brighton Road, Bensham when they were away, made life intolerable for his neighbours by having people at the property most weekends and often playing music from midnight to 3 and 4 am. 

When efforts to reason with him didn't work, our Private Sector Housing Team supported neighbours to make recordings. Neighbours reported that they were disturbed frequently and the noise was causing them to be tired at work. When neighbours had approached Wood about it, he was abusive and threatening to them. 

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Wood was served with the noise Abatement Notice, but this had no effect and the noise continued. When Wood failed to attend interviews under caution the prosecution against him proceeded. Magistrates were not impressed with his behaviour and were mindful of the aggravating factors; that he had persistently breached the notice, been abusive to neighbours and that his conduct will have been detrimental to all residents in the area. Wood, now of no fixed address, was sentenced to a £300 fine, £34 victim surcharge, and with £300 costs awarded to the Council.

Anneliese Hutchinson, Service Director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says: "Mr Wood was warned about his behaviour and had plenty of opportunity to change his behaviour but chose not to."  

"Our officers tried hard to engage with Mr Wood to encourage him to turn down the loud music, but on our visit he actually turned the music up and this is after we had already issued him with an Abatement Notice.

"The law is there to protect residents from excessive noise caused by unreasonable neighbours, people have the right to live peacefully in their own homes, free from disturbances or harassment. We felt it was important that Mr Wood understood the impact that his behaviour had on others, that it was unacceptable and should not happen again."

Gateshead Magistrates
23 April 2021

A Gateshead man has been fined over £600 for his anti-social behaviour towards his neighbours.

Cameron Wood, 20, has been convicted of failing to comply with a noise Abatement Notice, served on him by Gateshead Council. 

Wood, who was staying at a relative's home on Brighton Road, Bensham when they were away, made life intolerable for his neighbours by having people at the property most weekends and often playing music from midnight to 3 and 4 am. 

When efforts to reason with him didn't work, our Private Sector Housing Team supported neighbours to make recordings. Neighbours reported that they were disturbed frequently and the noise was causing them to be tired at work. When neighbours had approached Wood about it, he was abusive and threatening to them. 

Report a noise complaint

Wood was served with the noise Abatement Notice, but this had no effect and the noise continued. When Wood failed to attend interviews under caution the prosecution against him proceeded. Magistrates were not impressed with his behaviour and were mindful of the aggravating factors; that he had persistently breached the notice, been abusive to neighbours and that his conduct will have been detrimental to all residents in the area. Wood, now of no fixed address, was sentenced to a £300 fine, £34 victim surcharge, and with £300 costs awarded to the Council.

Anneliese Hutchinson, Service Director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says: "Mr Wood was warned about his behaviour and had plenty of opportunity to change his behaviour but chose not to."  

"Our officers tried hard to engage with Mr Wood to encourage him to turn down the loud music, but on our visit he actually turned the music up and this is after we had already issued him with an Abatement Notice.

"The law is there to protect residents from excessive noise caused by unreasonable neighbours, people have the right to live peacefully in their own homes, free from disturbances or harassment. We felt it was important that Mr Wood understood the impact that his behaviour had on others, that it was unacceptable and should not happen again."

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