Kettering resident fined for noise disturbances under new anti-social behaviour powers

Published: Thursday, 3rd November 2016

Court orders costs of over £4,300 to be paid for repeated noise disturbances

Kettering Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a resident over the breach of a Noise Abatement Notice within the Borough following a court hearing. The Kettering resident has been ordered to pay a fine and costs of over £4,300 as a result of the noise from domestic arguments, shouting, screaming and banging, affecting her neighbours.

Lorraine Humphries had been served with a Noise Abatement Notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on 17th September 2015, which had been repeatedly breached. As a result the case was taken to court by the Council at a hearing held on 1st November 2016.

Ms Humphries, who did not attend the hearing and pleaded guilty by post, was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,668.80 as well as a victim surcharge of £150. The Court also granted a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO), which if breached, is an offence for which the offender can go to jail for up to 5 years. This is the first Criminal Behaviour Order issued following action taken from Kettering Borough Council since new anti-social behaviour powers were introduced in 2014.

Shirley Plenderleith, Kettering Borough Council’s Head of Public Services, said: 
“This prosecution shows that Kettering will continue to take a firm stance against anyone found to have committed an act of anti-social behaviour, and where necessary will instigate legal proceedings in the Magistrates Court.”