A St Neots resident has been found guilty of causing a noise nuisance to a neighbour in a prosecution taken by Huntingdonshire District Council on 7 September at Peterborough Magistrates Court.

Following an investigation by the council’s environmental health officers, the court heard that in the early hours of 25 and 29 March 2016, Arthur Brown, aged 53, of Sandfields Road, St Neots, caused unnecessary distress and sleep disturbance to a neighbour by repeatedly banging on the party wall without good reason, in breach of a noise abatement notice previously served by the council.

Mr Brown, who was found guilty in his absence, was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge of a further £200.

Commenting on the case, Cllr Steve Criswell, Executive Member for Community Resilience said: "Persistent noise nuisance can have a significant detrimental impact upon the health and wellbeing of people living nearby. Prosecutions like this send out the message that the council takes complaints of noise disturbance very seriously and will not tolerate unacceptable behaviour. We are committed to working with our communities to ensure that residents can enjoy their homes without fear of persistent disturbance. If any resident of Huntingdonshire is affected by noisy neighbours, I would urge them to contact the council so that we can help maintain the health and vitality of our communities."