Man fined after music levels cause misery

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

RESIDENTS were driven to despair by loud music being played at a neighbouring property.

The noise abuse was so loud, council officials were called in to investigate.

Following their findings a 43-year-old man has been given a criminal behaviour order and fined for failing to comply with a noise abatement notice in Wigan Borough.

Darren Unsworth, of Warrington Road, Abram, pleaded guilty for failure to comply with a noise abatement notice on four occasions at Wigan Magistrates Court on Tuesday 15th September.

Unsworth was fined £130 and ordered to pay £200 costs, £20 victim surcharge and £150 court charge.

A Criminal Behaviour Order was made for four years, prohibiting Unsworth from causing a nuisance or annoyance within the locality of his home in Warrington Road, Abram.

The successful prosecution by Wigan Council follows complaints of loud music being played from Unsworth’s property in the early hours of the morning, having an impact on the quality of life of nearby residents.

Wigan Council first served a noise abatement notice on Unsworth in September 2014. After a period of quiet, music started again in July 2015 and officers investigating found Unsworth to be breaching the notice.

On August 20, a computer and speakers, which were causing the noise, were removed from the property to abate the nuisance, with assistance from Greater Manchester Police.

Coun Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for environment, said: “We will not tolerate people who cause excessive and unreasonable levels of noise which impacts on the lives of others.

“We will always try and speak to people accused of making noise in a bid to resolve the problem informally. However in the few instances that this is unsuccessful, further formal action is necessary. Well done to our safer environment officers for this successful prosecution.”

The equipment seized has now been returned to Unsworth.