12:00pm Friday 22nd June 2012
By Tyrone Marshall
A NOISY neighbour who staged wild late-night parties at his home has been fined after council officers reported 36 separate incidents at his home.
David Davidson, 40, had already been served with a noise abatement notice after persistent problems but breached it repeatedly over four months.
Neighbours in Thomas Street, Colne, said that Davidson had made their lives hell with his parties, which featured loud hip-hop and dance music.
The 36 occasions that Pendle Council’s environmental health team heard him breach the notice included Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
The council had ordered him to cut the noise at his former address in Thomas Street after scores of complaints.
Davidson, who now lives in Atkinson Street, was punished for the two most recent offences when he appeared before Burnley magistrates on June 14, and was fined £1,340.
Over the Christmas period council officers heard him breach the noise abatement notice 12 times in 14 days between December 20 and January 2.
Former neighbours of Davidson in Thomas Street said the noise and disorder coming from the house during the period of the offences ‘spoiled the neighbourhood’.
One 29-year-old man said loud rap and dance music would disturb the ‘peaceful and close-knit’ street at all hours of the day or night.
“I’ve got a young family and it was having a serious effect on us,” he said.
“The music would boom out, there would be people coming and going at all hours carrying bags full of booze.
“People would shout up at the house from the street if they couldn’t get a reply and sometimes the parties would spill onto the street.”
Neighbour Ian Phillips, 48, said: “It couldn’t go on like it did. There was no consideration for anyone with the noise coming from the house.
“You could hear the music streets away. Everyone around here gets on fine. It was such a relief when he got evicted and the neighbourhood got back to normal.”
Pendle Council first became involved when officers received a complaint from a neighbour on October 26, and they served Davidson with the noise abatement notice on November 10.
Richard Walsh, from Pendle Council’s environmental health team, said: “I hope this prosecution serves as a warning that we will not tolerate noise nuisance and will do everything we can to stop people making other residents’ lives a misery.”
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