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Lowestoft man David Learmonth who continued to play loud music after being handed notice to stop fined £2,000



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A Lowestoft man has been fined more than £2,000 for continuing to play loud music despite being given a notice to stop.

David Learmonth, of Burnham Way, was ordered to pay the fine at a hearing at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Friday, October 15, where he was also ordered to hand over his sound equipment.

The court found him guilty of breaching Section 80(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and failing to comply with an abatement notice served under the same act, in summer this year.

Ipswich Magistrates Court. Picture by Mark Westley
Ipswich Magistrates Court. Picture by Mark Westley

A spokeswoman for East Suffolk Council, which deals with nuisance noise, said Learmonth had attended the court but was denied entry to the hearing due to threatening behaviour towards staff earlier in the day, and the hearing continued in his absence.

The court fined Learmonth a total of £2,040 for the offences - £500 for two charges of breaching the abatement notice, £940 in costs and £100 for the victim surcharge.

Under the Noise Act 1996, the court also ordered the forfeiture of his sound equipment, including a bass box, CDs, a sound bar and several sets of speakers.

James Mallinder, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for the environment, said it was more important than ever that people are considerate of others regarding noise, as many people are spending more time at home now.

James Mallinder
James Mallinder

"Nuisance noise, such as loud music, can have a detrimental effect on people’s mental wellbeing and we will always investigate complaints of ongoing noise issues," he added.

"Most people are unaware they are causing a problem for others however in this case, the noise continued even after being served with a notice to stop and this action resulted in prosecution, a heavy fine and the removal of the person’s audio equipment.”

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