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Noisy neighbour fined and equipment seized after action by Worthing Borough Council

Released: Tuesday, 15 September 2020

A noisy neighbour who made a resident’s life so miserable she had to move out of her home has been ordered to pay compensation after a prosecution by Worthing Borough Council.

Nicholas Hall, of Mill Road, Worthing, also had his music and television equipment confiscated after Brighton magistrates heard his neighbour endured the noise over an extended period of time.

Hall was ordered to pay £1,500 compensation to his neighbour and a similar sum to pay for the costs of the Council’s Environmental Protection Team’s action against him. He was also fined £400 and ordered to pay £30 victim surcharge.

The Team made several informal approaches to Hall asking him to reduce the noise and a Noise Abatement Notice was also served. However after repeatedly ignoring the warnings, council officers gained a warrant and, with police assistance and Covid protected, entered the premises to seize the equipment during lockdown.

A prosecution was then brought because it was feared Hall would repeat his behaviour if the equipment was returned to him. He pleaded guilty to four offences of breaching an Abatement Notice.

Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Val Turner, said:

"I want to thank the Environmental Protection Team for their excellent work on this case. The impact this kind of behaviour can have on the health and wellbeing of neighbours cannot be overstated. In this case the lady in question had to move out for a while so loud was the noise coming from next door at all times and day and night.

"I hope this strong action sends out a message that this Council will not tolerate anti-social behaviour like this and will use all its powers to ensure residents respect each other’s right to live peacefully in their homes."

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