Noisy neighbour fined after court hears 'Enough Is Enough'

Posted On 11 Feb 2011 at 11:26 am

A woman from Hove has been fined by magistrates for playing Enough Is Enough at full volume late at night.

Noisy neighbour Charlene Wickenden, 35, of Clarendon Villas, Hove, played a pumped up selection of songs besides the Donna Summer track.

Wickenden tormented neighbours with the Commodores’ Easy Rider and Baby Got Me On My Knees, We Are The Champions by Queen and Elton John’s I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.

She was taken to court after noise patrol officers, called out by a desperate neighbour, heard a woman’s voice through the wall singing: “Enough is enough, I can’t go on.”

The noise patrol team echoed the sentiment.

Brighton and Hove City Council had already served a noise abatement order on Wickenden and on other occasion warned her that they would take her to court.

But the loud music and singing in the early hours continued.

She pleaded guilty to breaching a noise abatement order and was fined £260 by Brighton magistrates.

They ordered her to pay £550 towards the council’s legal costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, the council’s 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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