Shaky drives neighbours crazy

THIS ole' house has got thin walls. They may not be the exact lyrics of Shakin' Stevens 1980s hit, but today a fan who drove her neighbours crazy by playing his music too loud, apologised to them after being been fined £500.

THIS ole' house has got thin walls.

They may not be the exact lyrics of Shakin' Stevens 1980s hit, but today a fan who drove her neighbours crazy by playing his music too loud, apologised to them after being been fined £500.

Katherine Chambers, of, Morland Road, Ipswich, said Shaky must have left her neighbours trembling with anger because her walls were too thin.

Chambers said the neighbours who complained have since moved home, but claimed she had been reasonable about playing her music.

Speaking after she was fined by Ipswich magistrates, she said: “I have already said sorry. I told them to knock on my door if my music was too loud, but they never once told me to turn it down.

“The problem was the walls were very thin. We could hear them arguing and banging around too.”

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Chambers said the neighbours had also complained about her vacuum cleaning and using the lawnmower.

The 35-year-old said she uses music to lift her spirits.

She said: “I was very depressed as I was going through a difficult time. I love all music not just Shakin Stevens, that day I just wanted to hear some old music.

“My collection goes from rock to reggae to soul. I even sing songs to myself walking down the street.”

Chambers said she gets on well with her new neighbours.

She said: “I don't play music all the time as I'm often out looking after my elderly mother. My new neighbours told me they like my rock music. They haven't complained yet.”

Chambers had two previous convictions for failing to comply with an Ipswich Borough Council noise abatement notice for which she was sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge by South East Suffolk Magistrates.

Chambers then breached the court order again and was fined £300 and told to pay £100 costs.

On midnight on January 18 this year Chambers' Morland Road neighbour complained that she could plainly hear all the words of a Shakin' Stevens' album being played next door where a woman's voice could be heard singing along.

Chambers, who did not appear at court, but was found to have breached the order again by magistrates, was fined £500 and told to pay £222 towards court costs.

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