Penge man found guilty of breaching noise abatement notice

PUBLISHED: 12:15 15 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:16 15 January 2014

A man who made his neighbour’s lives a misery by playing loud music from his home has been found guilty of breaching a noise abatement notice.

Lemeail Griffith of Thicket Road, Penge was prosecuted by Bromley Council for causing a noise nuisance by playing loud amplified music at home.

On January 8 , Lemeail Griffith pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrate’s Court to four counts of breaching a noise abatement notice issued by the Council.

He was fined £300, £15 in victim surcharges and ordered to pay £300 in costs.

Mr Griffith was previously found guilty of these offences on November 21 2012, when he did not attend the Court. He later pleaded ignorance of the hearing and applied to have the case re-opened.

The court heard that despite being served with an abatement notice in January 2012, music continued to be played at an unacceptable level from Mr Griffith’s property and that this was witnessed by the Council’s noise officers.

Executive Member for Public Protection and Safety, Cllr Tim Stevens said: “The Council will take action where residents are causing a real nuisance through excessive noise. It simply isn’t right that neighbours are expected to put up with this kind of very antisocial behaviour. Our officers are extremely tenacious in seeking justice in these matters, particularly so in this case which ended up being heard twice.”

The Council deals with around 4000 reports of excessive noise nuisance every year. Residents affected by a noise nuisance can seek advice and report problems by calling 0300 303 8657.

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