A DORDON resident, who harassed neighbours by playing loud music for up 32 hours at a time, has been fined £16,000 following a prosecution by North Warwickshire Borough Council- one of the largest fines in the Council’s history.
Mr Jason Duffield of Hall End Cottages was originally convicted by Police and received a restraining order in 2016. After complaints that he was continuing to play loud music, the Borough Council issued a noise abatement notice in November 2016.
Environmental Health staff continued to monitor Mr Duffield’s property with recordings revealing that he was playing music continually for between 28 -32 hours. As Mr Duffield had breached the noise abatement notice, staff then confiscated all his sound equipment in December. In April, he was convicted of five breaches of the Noise Abatement Notice at Nuneaton Magistrates Court. The sentencing hearing was held on 9 May when the Court imposed the penalty.
Steve Maxey, Assistant Chief Executive and Solicitor to the Council said:
“ This fine reflects the severity of the offence. Jason Duffield repeatedly ignored the warnings from the Police and from the Council, which not only constituted a flagrant breach of the law but also caused undue distress and upset to his neighbours in Dordon. “
The £16,170 fine consists of a £10,000 fine, £6,000 investigation and legal costs and £170 victim surcharge.
The Court also imposed a Criminal Behaviour Order on Mr Duffield and ordered that items seized by the Borough Council including TVs, a Hi-fi and speakers should be destroyed.