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

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

Thursday, May 29, 2014
10:35 AM

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

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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

3 comments

  • these vermin should be evicted, they don't know the stress and lack of sleep they cause, selfish self egotistical people like these should compensate the victims a £1000 each and not a measly 20 quid!, I had to suffer one many years ago,eventually even after council official visits it continued.........it was too much to suffer, I was late for work several times and got a warning for that..........so I had to resort to the only thing they understand, I waited for him on his drive and beat the seven days of s&&t out of him and he moved out a week later, now I have nice neighbours who play their music moderately..............sometimes you have to go to the extreme to get a result, not proud of it, but after I could sleep sound at night!

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    al hanlon

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • There is nothing to make light of in this story. Noisy neighbours are the most selfish people on earth. They make lives a misery. A noisy neighbour sent me into a spiral of depression, the council were so slow to react it was a crime. Other neighbours never helped me either. I lost my house, I lost my relationship and seriously came close to suicide. I will be in debt for the rest of my life. These vermin need to be much more seriously punished. My life has changed forever, I now get palpitations when I hear any bassy loud music now.

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    richie w

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

  • Astra Talbot, are you serious??? siblings called Cortina Datsun and Fiat Jauguar? lol

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    C Smith

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

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