Noisy Brighton neighbour fined for Killer Queen blast

Posted On 26 May 2010 at 3:57 pm

Killer Queen played at full blast in the early hours of the morning brought the curtain down on noisy neighbour William Johnston.

The Queen classic, accompanied by loud stamping, was the final straw for enforcement officers investigating a string of noise related complaints.

At Brighton Magistrates Court on May 21, Johnston, of Woburn Place, Coldean, was fined £110, ordered to pay £135 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

He had admitted a charge of failing to comply with a noise abatement notice.

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Len Batten, prosecuting on behalf of Brighton and Hove City Council, told the court that a noise abatement notice was served on Johnston in September 2008 following complaints about loud music, singing and banging coming from his flat.

Further warning letters were sent in January, March and October last year. In February this year, an environmental health officer visited Johnston and agreed an acceptable level at which to play his music.

But unfortunately, the problem didn’t end here. At 12.45am the council’s noise patrol was called to Woburn Place where they heard a male voice shouting and signing ‘Get the hell outta here and ‘wow wow,’ and ‘I’m looking for a home.’ The words were slurred as if the singer was drunk.

Neighbours told officers that this had been going on since around 6pm. At around 1.10pm the Queen song Killer Queen was heard accompanied by loud stamping, and this was still going on when officer left the premises at 1.36am.

The court also heard that one of the neighbours is being treated for stress as a direct result of the noise nuisance.

Geoffrey Theobald, cabinet member for environment said: “Everyone is entitled to peace and quiet in their homes and this council will not hesitate to take action against persistent noisy neighbours.”

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