Noisy neighbour all shook up by fine

NOISY neighbour Steven Boyd is all shook up today after playing Elvis Presley so loud an entire block of flats could hear him.Boyd is now £300 worse off after appearing before Ipswich magistrates following complaints from residents who did not share his zest for loud music.

NOISY neighbour Steven Boyd is all shook up today after playing Elvis Presley so loud an entire block of flats could hear him.

Boyd is now £300 worse off after appearing before Ipswich magistrates following complaints from residents who did not share his zest for loud music.

His birthday celebration with friends at his flat in the town's Defoe Road also included several reggae tracks, along with the Black Eyed Peas song Where is the Love.

Ironically the group also had a UK number two hit in 2003 with their song Shut Up.

During Boyd's party, neighbours also heard a track by Jamaican artist Shaggy reverberating through the flats which included the lyrics 'tease me'.

Environmental officers were called to his top floor apartment on September 15 last year, after a resident on the bottom floor could take no more of Boyd's music, which began at 5.28pm.

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He told enforcement officers he couldn't hear his television set because of the noise.

Boyd, who is out of work and receives benefits, also played his music extremely loud on December 6 last year for more than half-an-hour where music with a lot of bass could be heard.

When he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court, Boyd pleaded guilty to two charges of contravening abatement notices served to him by Ipswich Borough Council.

Representing himself in court, Boyd told magistrates: “September 15 was my birthday I had a few friends round. I told all of the neighbours I'd be having a drink, some of them got the hump, but it was during the day. The geezer on the ground floor came up, I told him to get out of my face.

“Three years ago I had an operation on my right ear. Last year I had an operation on my left ear. I need the music up loud.”

District Judge David Cooper told Boyd he should be more thoughtful and imposed a £150 fine and made him pay £150 court costs.

The opening lyrics to Shut up by Black Eyed Peas

Just shut up

Shut up, shut up, shut up

Shut it up, just shut up

Shut up

Just shut up

Shut up, shut up, shut up

Shut it up, just shut up

[Chorus]

We try to take it slow

But we're still losin control

And we try to make it work

But it still isn't the worst

And I'm craaazzzy

For tryin to be your laaadddy

I think I'm goin crazy

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