Noisy neighbour from Kettering ordered to pay more than £4,000

GV of Kettering Borough Council offices NNL-140821-111627001
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A Kettering resident who disturbed neighbours with screaming and banging has been ordered to pay more than £4,000.

Lorraine Humphries, of Doris Road, was served with a Noise Abatement Notice on September 17, 2015.

But the notice was repeatedly breached as a result of the noise from domestic arguments, shouting, screaming and banging, affecting her neighbours.

As a result the case was taken to court by the council at a hearing held on November 1, 2016.

Humphries, who did not attend the hearing and pleaded guilty by post, was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,668.80 as well as a victim surcharge of £150 - a total of £4,318.80.

Shirley Plenderleith, Kettering Council’s head of public services, said: “This prosecution shows that Kettering will continue to take a firm stance against anyone found to have committed an act of anti-social behaviour, and where necessary will instigate legal proceedings in the magistrates’ court.”

The court also granted a Criminal Behaviour Order, which if breached, is an offence for which the offender can go to jail for up to five years.

This is the first order issued following action taken from Kettering Council since new anti-social behaviour powers were introduced in 2014.