A Northampton man has pleaded guilty to four charges for breaching a Community Protection Notice (CPN) banning him from playing loud music at his property.
Brian Molloy of 40 Pilton Close, Rectory Farm, Northampton, appeared at Wellingborough Magistrates last week.
The Environmental Protection Team at Northampton Borough Council first received complaints about loud music being played at Mr Molloy’s property in January 2019.
The Council served a Community Protection Notice Warning Letter (CPW) to Mr Molloy telling him to cease playing music at a loud level at his property.
Complaints continued and several further visits by the Environmental Protection Team confirmed the playing of loud music.
As a result, in July 2019 the Council served Mr Molloy with a CPN under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014, which required him to cease playing loud music at his property at any time of the day or night.
Mr Molloy lodged an appeal against the CPN which was heard at Northampton Magistrates Court in January 2020 and was refused.
Complaints continued during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. Recordings were obtained using the Council’s noise monitoring equipment in May 2020, leading to a prosecution case against Mr Molloy for breach of the CPN.
Those recordings evidenced loud music with a heavy bass beat being played at the property, several of which were recorded in the late night/early hours, when most people would be trying to sleep.
Stuart Timmiss, West Northamptonshire Council Executive Director for Place and EconomyThe Environmental Protection Team will always work with people and tried to resolve matters informally – enforcement action is not taken lightly.
The actions of this individual continued to be unacceptable, severely impacting his neighbours and their quality of life.
It is important to remember that residents have a right to live peacefully in their homes, free from unreasonable noise and I hope this now brings this matter to a close.
Mr Molloy was sentenced to a two-year Conditional Discharge and ordered to pay costs of £1,400 following a successful prosecution brought by West Northamptonshire Council.