Noisy Northampton neighbour fined £1,400 for blasting 'heavy bass' music at 1am

Council officers paid visits to the Rectory Farm home late at night to they could record the noise as evidence for a court case

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 4:54 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 4:56 pm
A man has been fined 1,400 after he was recorded by council officers playing loud music for four nights in a row.

A Northampton man was fined £1,400 for playing loud music at 1am for four nights in a row.

Brian Molloy, of Pilton Close, Rectory Farm, was served a community protection order in 2019 for a string of anti-social noise complaints.

It warned him not to play loud music at his property at any time of the day or night.

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However, the order did not stick, as the complaints continued well into the first lockdown in 2020.

It led the former borough council's Environmental Protection Team to scout out the house and record the loud and "heavy bass" beats as evidence for a court hearing.

Several of the recordings were made in the early hours when neighbors were trying to sleep.

At a hearing at Wellingborough Magistrates Court last week (April 13), Molly was sentenced to a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £1,400.

Stuart Timmiss, West Northamptonshire Council executive director for place and economy, said: “The Environmental Protection Team will always work with people and tried to resolve matters informally - enforcement action is not taken lightly.

“The actions of this individual continued to be unacceptable, severely impacting his neighbours and their quality of life.

“It is important to remember that residents have a right to live peacefully in their homes, free from unreasonable noise and I hope this now brings this matter to a close.”