Noisy neighbour gets court order

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A NOISY Scarborough neighbour has been silenced by a court order.

Leighanne Clarke, of Leighton Close in Crossgates, made the lives of her neighbours a misery for years by blaring music at all hours of the day and night, Scarborough Magistrates’ Court was told.

However, they should now be able to sleep easier after Clarke was ordered to keep it down by magistrates.

She was handed a interim ASBO, banning her from using electrical equipment to play music in her home, except when using headphones.

Kimberley Proud, litigation and regulations solicitor for Scarborough Council, said: “It is necessary for the order to be imposed to protect members of the public.

“Certain neighbours’ medical problems are being exacerbated by stress, worry and a lack of sleep. All we want to do is stop the music and the effects on the health of neighbours.”

The interim order also states that Clarke must not act in a manner likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any of her fellow residents or visitors to Leighton Close.

She is also forbidden from using any abusive or insulting language to any person residing in her street, or inciting others to do so.

Clarke did not turn up at the hearing. She will have another opportunity to make representations at a hearing on June 3, when magistrates will consider making a full ASBO.

Miss Proud added: “Scarborough Borough Council and the police have made numerous attempts to combat the behaviour without coming to court.

“There has been numerous visits by the police and engagement by the safer communities team to no avail.

“She plays music at such a level that it is audible outside her home. It causes nuisance and unreasonably interferes with her neighbours’ enjoyment in their own homes.

“On occasions neighbours have asked for it to be turned down and she had made threats to her neighbours or been abusive.”

Miss Proud added that there had been 28 incidents in the last six months, and numerous incidents prior to that.

On some occasions, she said, loud music was heard at 4am in the morning from Clarke’s property. Miss Proud described the noise as “very loud bass music.”

“Her neighbours have endured years of this behaviour,” she added. “It has come to the point where the defendant will no longer engage.”

The chairman of the bench said: “We are agreed that there should be an interim ASBO.”