Loud music highlighted as anti-social behaviour

Posted on: 17 May 2016

People in North Devon are being reminded to please keep the noise down and consider their neighbours when it comes to playing music.

The message comes from North Devon Council, which is highlighting how loud music can be classed as anti-social behaviour and can, in more serious cases, lead to prosecution.

It follows a recent case where a Barnstaple man was found guilty by magistrates for breaching a Community Protection Notice through playing loud music. He was fined £200 and ordered to pay £120 in costs. The court proceedings were among the first of their kind served by the council, under the new Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Executive Member responsible for community safety, Councillor Pat Barker, said: “We would only take someone to court as a last resort, as we would always hope to resolve matters before they escalate to this stage. However, if our Community Protection Notices are ignored, which leads to ongoing anti-social behaviour, we will take action. I hope this sends a clear message out and reassures others that behaviour like this will not be tolerated.”

For more information on anti-social behaviour and how to report it, please go to our website.

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