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Fleetwood man fined and forced to give up speakers following court case

noise Published Wednesday, 09 September 2020

A Fleetwood man has been ordered to pay a total of £354 for playing excessively loud music from his home address and has been required to forfeit his noise making equipment.

Kyle Keighley of Waverley Avenue in Fleetwood, pleaded guilty at Blackpool Magistrates Court on Wednesday 9 September to a charge of failing to comply with the requirements of a Community Protection Notice served by Wyre Council to stop ongoing disturbance to his neighbours.

The court heard that Mr Keighley was served with the notice under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014, following complaints received by the council from his neighbours about regular ‘wall pounding’ music at all times of the day and night.

The notice followed a formal warning issued to Mr Keighley about his behaviour and required him to abate any further nuisance to his neighbours.

Whilst the council had hoped that this would be sufficient to resolve the matter, this was not the case. Wyre Council then issued Mr Keighley with a Fixed Penalty for breach of the notice requirements, but it was the recent seizure of his noise making equipment that finally brought a stop to his behaviour.

The neighbours have had to endure repeated disturbance and sleepless nights throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, when they were unable to escape their property for respite. 

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Leisure, Health & Community Engagement Portfolio Holder at Wyre Council commented, “Whilst the council will always try to educate and inform individuals causing anti-social behaviour, it is sometimes necessary to pursue formal enforcement action. 

“We have a duty to ensure that people living in our communities can enjoy the peace and quiet of their own home and we are pleased with the outcome of this prosecution.“

Mr Keighley was ordered a pay a total of £354.00 (including costs), and the council were granted permission to dispose of the noise making equipment recently seized from his property.

Councillor Bowen continued, “This demonstrates that we will not tolerate people who make their neighbour’s lives a misery and cause suffering by way of anti-social behaviour.”

The Community Protection Notice served on Mr Keighley will remain inforce until such time that the council can be satisfied that no further disturbance will be caused.

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