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Lowestoft man punished for loud music

PUBLISHED: 10:21 07 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:22 06 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT man played music so loudly that environmental health officers could recognise the tracks while 100 metres away from his flat, a court heard yesterday (Thursday).

A LOWESTOFT man played music so loudly that environmental health officers could recognise the tracks while 100 metres away from his flat, a court heard yesterday (Thursday).

Neighbours complained about the noise coming from Keith Shuckford's flat in London Road South, Lowestoft, and enforcement officers from Waveney District Council issued an abatement notice at the beginning on March this year.

Vicky Nutley, prosecuting for the council, told magistrates in Lowestoft yesterday that after the notice had been served, the council continued to receive complaints about the music from people living in neighbouring flats in the converted terraced property.

Miss Nutley said: “The noise was said to comprise of extremely loud music, often in the early hours of the morning. Environmental health officers witnessed levels of loud music, which they said amounted to a statutory nuisance.

“The officers were able to identify the tracks from 100 metres away from the flat and from within the complainant's property.”

Shuckford, who now lives in Kimberley Road, Lowestoft, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an abatement notice.

Damien Moore, for Shuckford, said that the 20-year-old had been suffering family problems at the time and was at a “very low ebb in his life.”

He said: “He got himself into a rut and he accepts this on those occasions he was playing loud music to the detriment of his neighbours. He has now left that property and started a new life.”

Shuckford was told to pay £390 in fines and costs. Magistrates also ordered the forfeiture of his music and amplification equipment.


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