York noisy neighbour must pay £1,700 after driving people mad with parties

He liked to party, but all his neighbours wanted was some peace.

Now Biko Belleh has paid the price for his anti-social behaviour – he must pay more than £1,700 for causing such a racket.

City of York Council’s noise patrol was called out by neighbours of Belleh, 27, on August 23, 2014.

The officers monitored loud music with a heavy bass beat coming from his flat at Windsor Garth, York. They also heard raised voices and doors being slammed inside.

York Magistrates Court heard that a party seemed to be in progress with noise levels creating a statutory nuisance.

The officers told Belleh to keep the noise down and he turned off the music. On August 28 a noise abatement notice was delivered to Belleh’s address.

But come Christmas, this order was breached.

Home to older people

Windsor Garth, York. Photograph © Google Street View
Windsor Garth, York. Photograph © Google Street View

On December 20 noise patrol officers were again called to the address by a neighbour.

Similar loud music, raised voices and slamming doors were heard coming from the defendant’s flat, having a disruptive effect on people living nearby.

Belleh did not respond to the summons. He was found in breach of the noise abatement notice in his absence at the magistrates court on Wednesday, June 24.

He was fined £1,000, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100 and prosecution costs of £604.50.

Michael Southcombe, council public protection manager, said:

Windsor Garth is home to a number of older people which makes this level of nuisance even more disruptive.

As can be seen, we will take legal action to prevent people’s lives being disturbed by high noise levels.

What to do about noisy neighbours

If a neighbour is creating a lot of noise, first ask them to turn down the volume.

If they do not respond to reasonable requests to stop, people can contact the council’s evening noise patrol on 01904 551555.

The patrol operates from 9pm to 3am on Friday and Saturday evenings.

More information on preventing or reporting noise nuisance can be found on the council website