West Leigh woman who blasted music is taken to court

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LOUD music at all hours of the day and night has landed a woman with a hefty fine.

Kellie Hussey had been warned to keep the noise down at her Froxfield Road home, in West Leigh, because it was disturbing her neighbours.

Following complaints she was given several warnings before a noise abatement notice was served on her in June 2011 by Havant Borough Council. It was made clear by environmental health officers that she would be taken to court if she did not comply with the notice.

But police were called again to reports of loud noise and anti-social behaviour in September last year.

Evidence of the breach of the noise abatement notice was provided to Hussey’s landlord, Portsmouth City Council and to Havant Borough Council by the police.

She failed to attend a hearing into the breach at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court last week and was found guilty in her absence.

She must now pay a fine of £400, £437 in court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

A female resident of Froxfield Road, who did not want to be named, said: ‘Most of the people down here are very considerate.

‘But those who aren’t should be prosecuted and I’m glad that action has been taken against her.’

Another neighbour said: ‘There is no doubt that people should realise they will not be allowed to get away it.

‘Sometimes there is nothing worse than “thud, thud, thud“ – especially when they are doing it deliberately, knowing how upsetting it is.’

Stuart Wedgbury is the man in charge of environmental health from Havant Borough Council.

He said: ‘From time to time we all experience some noise from neighbours and this is to be expected in any community.

‘However, there are some cases that are more serious and the noise becomes completely unreasonable, especially when it takes place late at night or for a prolonged period of time.

‘Persistent noisy neighbours can make life intolerable for those living nearby and this is completely unacceptable.

‘I hope this prosecution demonstrates Havant Borough Council takes noise nuisance seriously and is willing to take action against those who make the lives of their neighbours a misery.’