Noisy neighbour out of pocket

A NOISY neighbour is today counting the cost of her behaviour after she was fined more than �1,600 for playing loud music at her Ipswich home.

A NOISY neighbour is today counting the cost of her behaviour after she was fined more than �1,600 for playing loud music at her Ipswich home.

Sherilee Hood failed to attend a hearing into her case at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court but was found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with a noise abatement notice in her absence.

The court heard how neighbours had complained to Ipswich Borough Council after loud music was heard coming from the 38-year-old's Surrey Road home on February 11.

Despite a letter being sent by the council's Environmental Protection Services team, the problem persisted and a visit was made by officers who considered the level of the volume of the music constituted a statutory nuisance.

A noise abatement notice was served on Hood but in April further complaints were received. A second visit was made by officers and a decision to prosecute over her apparent failure to comply was taken.

A third complaint was later received in June.

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Despite being summonsed to attend court, Hood failed to turn up, nor was she represented during Monday's hearing, and the matter was proved in her absence.

The bench fined her a total of �1,000 and ordered her to pay a contribution towards prosecution costs in the sum of �590.42 along with a �15 victim surcharge.

Have you been affected by a noisy neighbour? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk