Party at Hove property prompts fresh noise complaints

Posted On 24 Oct 2011 at 3:57 pm

Police were called to a late-night party early yesterday (Sunday 23 October) at a house in Hove where a man was fined more than £5,000 for breaching noise abatement orders.

Now council officials said that they would work with the police and speak with neighbours as they assess the situation.

Sussex Police said: “Police were called to a disturbance at a noisy party in Holmes Avenue, Hove, at 4.55am on Sunday (23 October).

“Words of advice were given and neighbours were advised to call 999 if the noise started up again.

“A further non-emergency call was received about the incident at 8.37am.

“We do attend and will deal with any criminal aspect of a report but the noise element is a civil issue.”

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “I have emailed the police requesting details of the action taken and what was witnessed.

“Once we have this information we will then be able to assess what further action can be taken.

“When considering what action to take we always make reference to the council’s enforcement policy.

“Following this incident at the weekend we will be speaking to the occupier of 39 Holmes Avenue, the person who contacted the police, the council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team and the police officers who attended.”

In September James Plant, also known as Neil Plant, was found guilty of four charges of breaching noise abatement orders at the same address.

Plant was not present at the hearing at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday 5 September and was tried in his absence.

The court was told that he was served with a noise abatement order in October last year after playing loud music.

The council said that in May this year he was served with another noise abatement order.

The second order was served because of shouting, screaming and swearing coming from Plant’s garden.

Both orders were breached on Saturday 18 June and again on Sunday 17 July, magistrates were told.

They fined Plant £1,000 for each breach and ordered him to pay costs of £1,240 and a victim surcharge of £15, making £5,255 in total.

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