Noisy Neighbour given fine and Criminal Behaviour Order

Published: Monday, 23rd July 2018

Kettering Borough Council has successfully obtained a 3 year Criminal Behaviour Order after a resident pleaded guilty to breaching a Community Protection Notice, following a court hearing on 11th July 2018.

Patrick O’Sullivan of Rockingham House, Rockingham Close, Kettering had been served with the Notice in August 2017 requiring him to take steps to reduce the impact of loud music and raised voices on neighbours in the block of flats where he lived. Council officers witnessed a breach of the Notice and issued a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100, before witnessing further noise, resulting in noise making equipment being seized from the flat in April 2018.

The Court granted a Forfeiture Order allowing the Council to keep and destroy some of the equipment seized from the property. It also granted a 3 year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO), requiring Mr O’Sullivan to not cause a noise nuisance to his neighbours. If breached, he can go to jail for up to 5 years. This is another successful Criminal Behaviour Order issued following action taken from Kettering Borough Council since anti-social behaviour powers were introduced in 2014. Mr O’Sullivan was also ordered to pay a total of £1230 in fines and costs.

Shirley Plenderleith, Kettering Borough Council’s Head of Public Services, said: 
“Noise travels easily especially in blocks of flats. Residents should take care to use equipment such as sound bars appropriately so that neighbours are not affected by unreasonable noise, or the Council may investigate complaints using its legal powers”.