Neighbour fined £1,000 for noise

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A NOISY neighbour has been landed with a £1,000 bill for annoying residents in north Derbyshire by playing her music too loud.

Theresa Wigmore, of Selwyn Street, Hillstown, Bolsover, who failed to attend court, was fined £525 and ordered to pay £500 costs at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court. She was found guilty of breaching the Environmental Protection Act.

Residents complained about her to Bolsover District Council in January 2010, claiming they had to endure Wigmore’s loud music being played at all times of the day and night.

After officials wrote to Wigmore to warn her about her behaviour and visited her at home, more complaints were received in March, May and June.

In July council and police officers seized music equipment from Wigmore’s home.

Bolsover District Council cabinet member for the environment Coun Dennis Kelly said: “The music on this occasion could be heard from some distance away causing widespread complaints.

“These individuals had been given every chance to turn their music down, but they continued to ignore our warnings causing a great deal of distress to their neighbours.”