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Woman prosecuted over loud music

PUBLISHED: 13:28 25 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 05 July 2010

A Lowestoft woman was visited twice in the same night by environmental health officers after a neighbour complained about loud music coming from her flat, a court has heard.

A Lowestoft woman was visited twice in the same night by environmental health officers after a neighbour complained about loud music coming from her flat, a court has heard.

Margaret Jones Bloss, of Northgate, was visited by members of Waveney District Council's environmental health team just after midnight on August 2 this year.

Ian Boyes, prosecuting for the council, told Lowestoft magistrates court last week that one of Jones Bloss' neighbours had telephoned the council's out-of-hours helpline to complain about the noise coming from the flat.

Jones Bloss, did not appear in court yesterday and the case was proved in her absence.

Andrew Reynolds, the council's principal environmental health officer, said: “When we entered the complainant's flat, we witnessed very loud amplified music. It was certainly loud enough not to allow sleep and it was loud enough to interfere with ordinary conversation or watching the television.”

The officers issued Jones Bloss with a noise abatement order, but she tore it up in front of them. They left but were called back about 15 minutes later when the music had started up again. Having breached the abatement order, her stereo equipment and speakers were seized on August 7.

Jones Bloss was on Thursday fined £150 and ordered to pay £350 in costs. The court also ordered the permanent forfeiture of the stereo equipment and speakers.

Ken Sale, Waveney's portfolio holder for the environment, said after the hearing: “We were pleased with the outcome today. The area of Lowestoft in which this incident took place is densely populated and we simply will not tolerate those who fail to show consideration or respect for their neighbours.

“Environmental services has had a number of successful noise prosecutions recently and we hope this serves as a warning. We are all entitled to expect that the activities of others do not interfere unreasonably with our day-to day lives and the council is there to assist when they do.”

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