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Ipswich: Chantry noise nuisances Astra Talbot and Gary Wing end up in court after loud music annoys neighbours

PUBLISHED: 10:35 29 May 2014

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

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Thumping music which rattled doors and made neighbours’ lives a misery has ended up costing two noise nuisances from Ipswich more than £1,000.

Chantry residents Astra Talbot, of Widgeon Close, and Gary Wing, of Newnham Court, have been ordered to pay £770 and £350 respectively by Ipswich magistrates.

Talbot did not attend court but was convicted in her absence of twice failing to comply with a noise abatement notice. The 25-year-old received the notice on June 26, 2012, after Ipswich Borough Council received complaints about loud music coming from her home.

However, at around 5.15pm on February 5 this year, an environmental health officer was called after neighbours complained again.

When the officer arrived in Widgeon Close she said she could hear very loud music with a heavy bass, described as a ‘rock/rap’ track with guitar and loud vocals.

On April 19 another officer was alerted just before 12midnight to a further disturbance coming from Talbot’s home.

He arrived at 12.10am and went into the complainant’s bedroom. For the next 10 minutes he could hear an intrusive bass beat being played via an amplified sound system, along with shouting and raised voices.

At 12.20am the music stopped and a series of footsteps were heard going down the stairs accompanied by shouting.

Talbot was fined £400 and ordered to pay £350 prosecution costs and £20 to the victim’s fund.

Wing was served with a noise abatement notice on December 11 last year after loud music disturbed a neighbour at Newnham Court.

However, just before 12.30am on January 27 another complaint was made. Officers arrived at 12.40am and could hear a loud bass beat coming from Wing’s flat.

When the officers stood outside Wing’s flat his door was rattling in time with the beat, such was the intensity of the bass.

One officer knocked repeatedly on the door until the music was turned off and a man opened the window. A similar incident occurred during the evening of February 1.

On April 11 another complaint of loud bass beat music being played was received at 3.10pm.

Wing, 19, pleaded guilty to all three offences of breaching his noise abatement notice. He was fined £175 and ordered to pay costs of £155 along with £20 to the victim’s fund.

After the cases a borough council spokesman said: “We are here to help residents who are upset by loud noise. These cases show that we will take action if necessary and will not tolerate noise nuisance that blight’s people’s lives.”

If you have a noise complaint call 01473 433110 or email environmental.health@ipswich.gov.uk

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