FINE AS MICHAEL JACKSON FAILS TO THRILL NEIGHBOURS
Chiswick resident with a fondness for Michael
Jackson has found herself hit with a hefty
fine for playing his music in the middle of
Thain (also using the name Deborah Elgamal),
of 18 Coram House, Fraser Street, Chiswick,
was prosecuted by Hounslow Council for causing
noise nuisance. At the hearing at Brentford
Magistrate's Court, Mrs Thain was fined £500
for the offence after submitting a guilty plea.
Thain had previously been served with a noise
abatement notice in April 2000, based on an
investigation of a complaint of late night
noise disturbance. The abatement notice prohibited
any further noise from being caused. However,
neighbours continued to report noise arising
from the flat throughout 2001 and in the early
hours of 7 July, the Council's noise officers
confirmed that the playing of Michael Jackson
records was at a volume which significantly
disturbed the neighbours.
the hearing, officers reported that when they
visited the premises at 3.45am, they heard
the lyrics and bass from Jackson's 'Thriller'
album, and took the view that music at this
level and at this time of night was not acceptable.
Valerie Lamey, Hounslow's Deputy Leader, said:
"We are committed to ensuring quality
of life for our residents, and I am pleased
at this result, which demonstrates that we
won't hesitate to take action to protect them.
Excessive noise can not only reduce quality
of life but, in extreme cases, even destroy
it entirely, and it's important for residents
to know that they don't have to suffer in silence."
Council's out-of-hours noise service operates
every Friday and Saturday night from 10pm to
4am. Residents disturbed by noise can contact
the service on T: 020 8583 2222
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