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Sittingbourne resident fined for loud music

Published Thursday 10 December, 2020
Last updated on Friday 20 August, 2021

A Sittingbourne resident who had their music equipment seized by Swale Borough Council has been found guilty of flouting anti-social behaviour laws by playing loud music throughout the day and night.

The equipment was seized in October after the council received numerous noise complaints dated back to March.

Leon Witt of Beaconsfield Road in Sittingbourne failed to attend court on Monday, 7 December, where he was found guilty and ordered to pay a £500 fine, £50 victim surcharge and £705 costs, all payable in 28 days.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for the environment at the council, said:

“This is a win for the residents who were subjected to very loud music throughout the day and night since lockdown began back in March.

“Despite numerous conversations with the occupant, the noise nuisance continued so we visited the home and confiscated the music equipment.

“I hope this £1,255 collection of fine, victim surcharge and court costs will be a deterrent to others who ignore anti-social behaviour laws.

“With people staying at home as much as possible this year while the world grapples to manage the effects of the covid pandemic, the last thing these neighbours needed was a constant noise nuisance.

“Not only will Mr Witt have to pay his fine and court costs, but he won’t be getting his equipment back. We’ll be donating some of the equipment to charity and recycling the rest.

“We will support any residents whose wellbeing is threatened due to the anti-social behaviour of their neighbours and encourage people to contact us for help and advice.”

For more information about how to report anti-social behaviour visit www.swale.gov.uk/community-safety-and-emergencies/anti-social-behaviour.