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Late night music lands Brighton mum with £400 fine
A mother-of-eight kept neighbours awake by blasting out “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” late at night.
Debra Dawson played pop tunes by girl band The Saturdays, Coldplay and the Righteous Brothers until the small hours.
Now she has been handed a heavy fine for ignoring council demands to keep the noise down.
Len Batten, prosecuting for Brighton and Hove City Council, told Brighton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (October 18) that complaints had been made about Dawson’s home in Stanmer Park Road, Brighton, as long ago as 1997.
Dawson was issued with a noise abatement notice by the council ordering her to be quiet but complaints continued to flood in.
Members of the council’s noise team visited neighbours’ homes to listen to what residents were having to endure on September 8.
Mr Batten said a council officer visiting one of the homes heard the lyric, “You’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’” blasting out.
He said: “The volume of the music was intrusive.
“The lyrics, ‘I will be there for you’ were also audible.
“There were also cheers.”
Officers also reported shouts of “Wow” and “Happy Birthday” continued as late as 12.15am.
Dawson failed to appear in court to face the charge of breaching a noise abatement notice.
District Judge Stephen Nicholls accepted that the notice had been breached, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
He fined Dawson £400 and ordered her to pay costs of £1,000 and a victim surcharge of £15.
She will have 14 days to arrange payment.
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