Ipswich: Court fines noisy neighbour Rebecca Hope for tormenting residents with James Blunt and B*witched
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Playing James Blunt’s You’re Beautiful and singing B*witched’s C’est La Vie too loudly has landed a noisy neighbour in court.
Teenager Rebecca Hope now faces a bill of nearly £900 for tormenting her neighbours in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
Four noise abatement offences were proven in Hope’s absence when her case was heard at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.
The prosecution came after Ipswich Borough Council had been called to her home in Woodbridge Road on several occasions.
The first visit to the property was at 1.04am on Sunday, February 2, when an environmental health officer witnessed loud bass music and singing.
The following day Hope was served with a noise abatement notice.
However, at 9.30am on March 20 an officer returned to the 19-year-old’s home to hear rap music with a bass beat being played loudly.
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Later that day a hand-delivered letter was put through Hope’s door reminding her of the notice to keep the noise down that she had received on February 3.
Despite the reminder an officer was back at the Woodbridge Road address 24 hours later after more loud music was heard, breaching the notice.
Having attended at 2.50pm an environment protection officer went back at 10.08pm the same day after shouting, swearing and loud music were reported. Hope was informed she was in breach of the notice again and that a prosecution would take place.
Seven days later – on Friday March 28 - more loud music was heard just after 4.05pm. This time it was a record by a female R‘n’B singer and You’re Beautiful by James Blunt.
The final straw came at 10.30pm on April 5 when there were more raised voices reported and the singing of the 1998 number one by B*witched C’est La Vie.
Hope was subsequently prosecuted for contravening her noise abatement notice on four occasions – twice on March 21, once on March 28 and again on April 5.
For each offence magistrates fined her £125. Hope was also ordered to pay investigation and legal costs totalling £364, and £20 to the victims’ fund.
The total amount in fines and costs came to £894.
After the case a spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council said magistrates found the offences were a “consistent nuisance” over “quite a period of time”.
The spokesman added: “The Council is here to help residents who are upset by loud noise. We will take action if necessary and will not tolerate noise nuisance that blights people’s lives.
“To report a noise complaint email firstname.lastname@example.org”