Nuisance neighbour fined for twice breaching noise abatement notice in Ipswich flat

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

A 59-year-old nuisance neighbour who made other residents’ lives a misery has been fined for twice breaching his noise abatement notice.

Anthony Whall, of Kemball Street, Ipswich, admitted the offences when he appeared before the town’s South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

Whall, who has drug issues, was served with a notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at the block of flats where he lives on October 14 last year.

Previously Ipswich Borough Council had received complaints from other residents about raised voices coming from his flat.

However, shortly after midday on November 11 a borough council environmental health officer went to the flats after one of the occupants complained of loud shouting and wailing from Whall’s apartment.

On arrival the officer could hear a wailing as soon as she entered the flat of the complainant.

The noise could be heard in all the rooms in the apartment.

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Just before 12.30pm the officer left the flat and stood outside where she could still hear what she described as a wailing or yelling.

The officer described the noise as unbearable.

On December 16 the same officer was called again by the occupant of the flat below Whall’s.

When she arrived and stood in the courtyard she could hear shouting coming from his flat even though the windows were said to have been closed.

The officer went into the complainant’s flat and heard a loud, incoherent wailing, as well as banging from Whall’s residence.

In her report the officer stated that she found hearing the noise extremely upsetting and disconcerting to hear. Magistrates fined Whall £50 for each of the two breaches of the abatement notice. He was also ordered to pay costs of £100 and £20 to the victims’ fund.