Brighton man silenced in court

Posted On 12 Feb 2011 at 4:35 pm

A Coldean man has been ordered to stop singing so loudly that he disturbs his neighbours.

William Johnston, of Woburn Place, Brighton, was also banned from playing loud music and shouting by Brighton magistrates.

He has been a nightmare noisy neighbour for two and a half years, Brighton Magistrates’ Court was told.

And he has already been served with noise abatement notices and had a computer, guitars, an amplifier, hi-fi equipment and a number of loudspeakers seized.

The magistrates ordered that the equipment remain seized and they fined Johnston £225.

He was also ordered to pay £300 towards the council’s legal costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The court handed him a two-year noise “Asbo” – he can be arrested and brought back to court if he breaches the conditions before February 2013.

The conditions are that he does not play music or sing or shout so loudly that he can be heard from outside his home.

Brighton and Hove City Council previously took Johnston to court in September 2008 and May last year for failing to comply with noise abatement notices.

And council officers called in Sussex Police to help them confiscate his hi-fi in October.

They also sent him several warnings before the court case on Thursday (10 February).

Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, the council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “This behaviour is completely unacceptable and council officers will not hesitate to take action and continue to tackle those who persistently cause excessive noise for neighbours.”

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