Noisy Neighbour’s Melodic Mischief Ends with £5,000 Fine and Gear Confiscation


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A symphony of legal actions unfolded as a resident, Stella Rayne, faced the music for her noisy escapades in Salford House on the Isle of Dogs. Despite numerous serenades of warnings from Tower Hamlets Council’s Environmental Health Team, Rayne’s loud tunes persisted.

In a crescendo of enforcement, Environmental Health officers secured a warrant to seize Rayne’s music equipment in July 2023. However, the melody of nuisance persisted, leading to a harmonious courtroom drama at Thames Magistrates’ Court on 23 January.

Rayne found herself in the spotlight, facing the judge’s verdict on six counts of causing noise nuisance in violation of an abatement notice. The final notes were a symphony of fines, with a £2,640 melody, accompanied by a £1,056 victim surcharge, and the prosecution’s harmonious costs of £2,010.

Amongst the silent cheers of grateful residents, one expressed their gratitude to the council’s officers for orchestrating this resolution: “Thank you for keeping me updated and to you and your team for being the only ones that have helped me and listened. I really do appreciate it.”

Lutfur Rahman, the Executive Mayor, took a solo moment to address the issue, saying, “We understand the detrimental impact noisy neighbours have on our communities. We encourage anyone who is having an issue to report it to us so we can take action.”

For those disturbed by excessive noise, the noise service’s symphony is available at 0207 364 5000, with the noise team responding from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. The after-hours Noise Response Service offers nocturnal support from Thursday to Sunday, serenading the borough from 8 pm to 3.30 am.

Tower Hamlets Reporter
Tower Hamlets Reporter
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