£900 Fine and Second Anti-Social Behaviour Order for Noisy Neighbour
Published Wednesday 6th February 13
A Rotherham woman has been given a £900 fine and a second Anti-Social Behaviour Order to prevent her causing a nuisance to her neighbours.
Sharron Walsh, of Rawmarsh Hill, Parkgate, was given the order and fine at Rotherham Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 30 January 2013 after earlier being convicted of breaching an Abatement Notice served by the Council under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The notice was served after Council officers were satisfied that Ms. Walsh had created a statutory nuisance to her neighbours by playing loud music and shouting.
The Court heard that Ms Walsh breached the notice on three separate occasions and sentenced her to a fine of £200 for each of the three offences (total £600) and ordered her to pay £300 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
They also made a CRASBO (Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order) for a period of two years which prohibits Ms Walsh from repeating her behaviour anywhere within the Borough. The CRASBO is an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) made after an individual is convicted for an offence involving anti-social behaviour.
If an Anti-Social Behaviour Order is breached, the Court can further fine or imprison an individual for up to 5 years.
The Court heard that Ms Walsh had previously been made the subject of a two-year ASBO in 2009 after she had created a similar nuisance to neighbours at her previous address at Spalton Road, Parkgate, Rotherham.
In 2012, the Council's Community Protection Unit received more than 1300 domestic noise related complaints.
In many cases, individuals were not aware that they were causing nuisance to their neighbours and stopped when the issue was brought to their attention. Where residents refused to cooperate, the Council and partners will gather evidence and instigate legal action.
Cabinet Member for Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods Councillor Rose McNeely said: "The Council takes anti-social behaviour very seriously and will not hesitate to take legal action if residents do not show respect for their neighbours.
"Combating anti-social behaviour is a priority for the Council and its partners, who are committed to using all legal powers available to protect residents."