Noisy neighbour could face jail

A NUISANCE neighbour today knows he could face jail unless he ends a year long dispute with his neighbours.Andrew Walker, 39, has been warned he must end the 18 month dispute between his family and people living near his Stowmarket home.

A NUISANCE neighbour today knows he could face jail unless he ends a year long dispute with his neighbours.

Andrew Walker, 39, has been warned he must end the 18 month dispute between his family and people living near his Stowmarket home.

Appearing at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court yesterday, Walker was given an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo).

He was accused of allowing his children to watch and laugh about pornographic films, playing unsociably loud levels of music, having aggressive sexually orientated arguments with his partner and leaving rubbish in his back garden leading to a rat infestation.

Walker's Ipswich Road home is in a conservation area and despite being a small terraced home is shared by his partner and four of his children, aged eight, 11,13 and 16.

At the hearing Carol Holliman who lives immediately next door said: "The noise began almost immediately after he moved in early last year and at first we tried to resolve it amicably.

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"Sometimes he would listen but things soon turned nasty.

"One time he waved his finger in my face and spat at me and I was worried he was going to strike me so since then I haven't had contact with him."

Simone Allison, another neighbour, moved home after the problems escalated.

Pc Alison Sandberg, said: "By the time we were called there was already a lot of history between the neighbours.

"Mrs Holliman and Ms Allison had remained silent but had been suffering for some time.

"A lot of the problems they were experiencing was with loud music and it wasn't the type of music everyone wants to hear.

"Raps were played about women being raped and items on the neighbours' walls were shaking as it was so loud."

Noise levels led to environmental health staff making secret recordings and serving a noise abatement notice on Walker.

Mid Suffolk district council, who brought the prosecution, also said he caused alarm when he went to the offices complaining while drunk.

Walker, representing himself, said: "All families have arguments every now and again and because of the thinness of our walls we don't have to be being loud for others to hear.

"And can you blame me for shouting and swearing when people turn up on my doorstep and threaten me?

"As for the rubbish we only have one dustbin which is emptied once a fortnight between six of us. It's not big enough."

District Judge David Copper said: "I appreciate these houses are not built for modern living but it's of prime importance this order is abided by.

"When I place an order I mean it and if there's a breach I will not deviate from what I say and it will be imprisonment."

Walker, who works at a processing plant has vowed to appeal.

He will also appear before Bury magistrates again on September 20 accused of breaching a previous interim Asbo by allowing children from a local care home to stay at his home just hours after the order was made.

Have you had a battle with noisy neighbours? Write to us at Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk>

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