The case I set before you is one of a Mr. Mark Sigston, 31, of Rainham, Kent, who was recently hauled into court after the local council bosses got a string of complaints about the racket last October.
You see, Mr. Sigston was reeeally into power ballads. But not your average run of the mill power ballads like Journey, Areosmith, or Poison . Mr. Sigston chose the power hits of Angels by Robbie Williams, Firework by Katy Perry, Who Knew by Pink, Celine Dion’s All By Myself, Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh and George Benson’s The Greatest Love of All at an extremely high volume.
The Environmental Protection officers visited his house repeatedly to tell him to keep the noise down. But Sigston, of Rainham, Kent, continued to blast out music.
(*side note: Rainham is a part of the Medway Towns conurbation, under the unitary authority of Medway, in South East England, and part of the ceremonial county of Kent)
He received a noise abatement notice in February. Council officers, however, heard him belting out tunes repeatedly. Weeks later, they caught him playing more power ballads, at the neighbor’s horror.
In May, Medway Council got a warrant from the courts allowing them to temporarily confiscate Sigston’s stereo equipment.
They had to return his kit to him in July. Just three days later officers were called to a noisy party at Sigston’s house. The unit seized Sigston’s stereo, TV and computer.
Sigston admitted three charges of breaching a noise abatement order at Medway magistrates court. The nuisance neighbour got a conditional discharge for 12 months and a forfeiture order for his CD players, mixers, amplifier and speakers.
JPs warned Sigston he would not get them back and ordered him to pay £1,100 costs.
Cllr Mike O’Brien, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact, said afterwards: “There is nothing worse than annoyingly relentless loud music being played by a neighbour. I am glad we have been able to help those that are living nearby this man as he was determined to carry on playing music loudly without a thought for others.”
I’m sure Mr. Sigston hasn’t discovered the joys of Pandora radio yet.
But once he does, neighbors beware!