Noisy Nelson neighbour must pay up £240

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A noisy Pendle resident whose late night parties and rowdiness led to his neighbour having to move out has been taken to court by Pendle Council.

Keith William Thorpe, of Southfield Square, Nelson appeared before Reedley magistrates, where he was found guilty of breaching a Noise Abatement Notice served on him in January.

He was fined £110 plus £120 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

The court appearance comes after Pennine Lancashire’s Night Time Noise Service witnessed loud music, shouting, banging doors and rowdy behaviour late at night at Mr Thorpe’s address.

Mr Thorpe’s actions were preventing his neighbours from sleeping and one of them was forced to move out for a while.

Coun. John David, who looks after noise issues in Pendle, said: “This resident has made his neighbours’ lives an absolute misery.

“Not only did he cause a noise nuisance, he also used threatening behaviour when his neighbours approached him to ask him to stop the noise.

“Nobody should have to put up with such anti-social and intimidating behaviour; this successful prosecution demonstrates that you don’t have to.

“Please let this be a warning to others that we will not tolerate noise nuisance in Pendle.”

John Heys, Pendle Council’s Domestic Noise Officer, added: “This is another stark reminder that we are getting tough with people who make their neighbours’ lives a misery by being persistently noisy.

“It’s simple – people who don’t comply with Noise Abatement Notices are in danger of being taken to court and fined.”