Fine handed out for repeated noise nuisance in Long Sutton

Posted on 25 June 2019

magistratesA Long Sutton woman received a significant fine at court earlier this week, after she pleaded guilty to several breaches of a Community Protection Notice (CPN) relating to noise coming from her property.

Lucy Wilkinson, a South Holland District Council tenant who lives on Back Lane in Long Sutton, appeared before Boston Magistrates Court on Monday 24 June charged with breaching a CPN under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The CPN had been issued in September 2018, prohibiting Miss Wilkinson or any visitors to her house from 'creating excessive noise, nuisance or annoyance to other residents'.

The Council took action after receiving a number of reports of breaches in relation to noise at the property, including arguing, banging doors, shouting and parties, often taking place throughout the night and for several nights in a row.

Miss Wilkinson pleaded guilty to the breaches and the Court handed her a fine of £400, along with costs of £512.31 and a victim surcharge of £40, making a total amount payable of £952.31.

Due to the frequency of the incidents and the impact on the victims a Criminal Behaviour Order was also granted, to help minimise the risk of further offending going forward. The Order was granted for a two year period, with three conditions relating to noise nuisance from Miss Wilkinson or her property.

Councillor Gary Taylor, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for communities and facilities, said: "We are working hard to crack down on anti-social behaviour within South Holland and are committed to making sure that those who repeatedly flaunt our enforcement are prosecuted accordingly, as has been the case with this result.

"Information from residents and our partner agencies and organisations are of great importance in cases such as this, and we would encourage anyone with an issue around anti-social behaviour to let us know through the Report It section of our website."

Councillor Christine Lawton, portfolio holder for housing and health added: "We take our responsibility as a landlord extremely seriously and I am pleased that we have taken action against these breaches by one of our tenants, to protect other residents in the district and to uphold the behaviour we expect in our homes."

Reports of noise nuisance, or any other anti-social behaviour, can be made on the Council's website at www.sholland.gov.uk/reportit or by calling 01775 761 161.