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Man, 50, fined £2,748 for disturbing neighbours with karaoke in Dagenham

Council enforcement officers were regularly called to the property in Wood Lane (credit: Google Maps)

A 50-year-old man from Dagenham has been fined for keeping his neighbours awake with late-night karaoke sessions. 

Jason Harvey, of Wood Lane, will have to pay £2,748 after playing music and singing so loudly he could be clearly heard through the walls next to his property. 

He was issued with a noise abatement notice by the council in February 2019 but decided to ignore it. 

Harvey has sinced racked up 155 complaints relating to loud music and late-night DIY. 

Council enforcement officers visited his property four times between June 2019 and February 2020 and told him he was breaching the legal order and may face court action. 

After the original court hearing was adjourned in February 2020, the case eventually came to Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 9 February 2021. 

Harvey failed to attend but was ordered to pay £2,748 in fines, costs and a victim surcharge under Section 80 (4) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. 

“This man was a prolific nuisance to his neighbours and despite being given ample opportunity to change his behaviour, he decided to selfishly continue acting irresponsibly,” said Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community Safety. 

“This isn’t about us being spoilsports or banning music and DIY, but about making people recognise what is not acceptable and what will have an extremely distressing impact on other people.

“We hope this case demonstrates that we won’t hesitate to take action against those who think the law doesn’t apply to them.”

Residents can report noise complaints online here.

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