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Orpington woman fined £300 for playing music too loud

PUBLISHED: 13:17 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:17 12 April 2013

An Orpington resident has been fined £300 for playing loud music at her home, causing a nuisance to several of her neighbours.

Claire Crawford, of Leesons Hill, was ordered to pay the fine alongside a £30 victim surcharge and £200 court costs at Bromley Magistrates Court on Tuesday of last week.

A forfeiture order was also made for Ms Crawford’s music equipment which was seized by noise officers in order to stop any further distress to neighbours.

Despite pleading not-guilty, she was found guilty of six breaches of an Environmental Protection Act 1990 Abatement notice.

The court heard that an abatement notice was issued in September 2010, and though she was given several subsequent warnings, Ms Crawford continued to play her music at an unacceptable level which was witnessed by the council’s Public Protection noise officers on six separate occasions last year.

Cllr Tim Stevens said: “The council endeavours to resolve noise issues informally however where people continue to ignore our warnings we have no other option than to take the appropriate enforcement action.

“I hope this individual now realises that we do not tolerate persistent noise offenders and we will pursue whatever course of action is necessary to abate noise nuisance.”

The council currently deals with around 4,000 reports of excessive noise nuisance every year.

Residents affected by a noise nuisance can report problems via www.bromley.gov.uk or by calling 020 8313 4830.

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