Nuisance neighbour in court after complains of loud music in the early hours

Hartlepool Law Courts, incorporating Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.
Hartlepool Law Courts, incorporating Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

A noisy neighbour who played loud music through the night has been fined.

Neighbours in Cundall Road, Hartlepool, made several complaints of noise from a house occupied by Xanthippe Knott, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.

“Monitoring equipment was installed in a neighbouring property,” said Tony Macnab, prosecuting on behalf of Hartlepool Borough Council.

“Sufficient evidence was recovered from that to enable a noise abatement notice to be issued in April of last year.

“On August 23 two officers from the monitoring service attended the property at 1.50am after another complaint of loud music.

“They returned at 2.25am and could hear the music from inside their car. Music was found to be still playing at 11am.”

The court heard there were seven more complaints during the next few months.

“Neighbours spoke of shouting from the property and of a repetitive bass beat,” Mr Macnab added.There was also a complaint of someone playing the flute.

“The noise was in the early hours and during the day.”

Knott, 29, of Cundall Road, Hartlepool, admitted breach of a noise abatement order between August and October last year.

Representing herself, Knott said: “I did have a party on one of the days and the music was on.

“But on one of the other times they are saying there was noise, I wasn’t even in the property.

“I think some of the neighbours have a vendetta against me.

“I’ve lived in the house for six years, and I have been keeping the noise down.

Knott was ordered to pay £420 in fines and costs.

The court heard she is on benefits and the money will be added to her existing fines account which she is paying at £5 a week.