Ipswich noisy neighbour fined after council officer felt vibration of “loud throbbing bass beat” though shoes

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court - Credit: Archant

A nuisance neighbour has been fined after admitting being in breach of a noise abatement notice at her home on Ipswich’s Whitehouse estate.

On June 17 loud music was heard coming from Amy Whitehead’s flat in Wicklow Road in contravention of a notice she was given in January last year.

When an environmental protection officer went round he said he could feel the vibrations caused by the music through the soles of his work boots.

Although 24-year-old Whitehead pleaded guilty to the offence when she appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court she claimed that her friend had been playing the music while painting the living room.

Whitehead was fined £50 and ordered to pay £50 costs, as well as £20 to the victims’ fund.

Ipswich Borough Council, which brought the prosecution, initially sent one of its officers to her property on December 23, 2013 after complaints were made.

A sound level meter was fitted and then removed on January 2 last year.

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When the recordings were examined the officer heard loud drum and bass music for what he considered to be prolonged periods of time.

A noise abatement notice was served five days later.

However, on June 17 the officer returned to Wicklow Road just before 2pm following another complaint of loud music at the block of flats.

Again the noise was determined to be coming from Whitehead’s home.

When he went into the complainant’s living room the officer could hear the music above the programme which was on the television.

He sat on a chair with his feet on the floor and could feel the vibration of the bass beat through the soles of his work boots.

In his report the officer described the noise as a “loud throbbing bass beat” lasting for 20 minutes. It stopped at around 2.15pm.