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Noisey Neighbour Fined


9:29am 18th April 2013

A Swanage woman's been taken to court for plaguing her neighbours with load music.

25-year-old Jessica Ashurst of Cow Lane has been convicted of 3 charges of breaching the environmental protection act.

Officers were forced to get a warrant to enter her home and take away any equipment that music could be played on.

Bournemouth Magistrates Court have fined her £750 - she'll also have to pay the council's costs.

Miss Ashurst failed to attend Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on 2 April 2013 for the second time so the case was heard in her absence.

The court heard that despite being served with an abatement notice in March 2012, Miss Ashurst continued to play her music at an unacceptable level which was witnessed by the Council's Environmental Health officers on three separate occasions. Environmental Health Officers were also forced to obtain a warrant to gain entry into her property and seize all noise generating equipment.

Frances West, General Manager - Public Health & Housing Services for Purbeck District Council, said:  "Excessive noise can seriously affect the quality of life of neighbouring residents.  This case should act as a warning to others who cause noise nuisance:  the Council will not hesitate to take action to protect the interests of those who live nearby."

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