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Fined For Playing Reggae Too Loud

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Loud singing and noisy music from the home of Michael Dobbyn drove his neighbours to the brink of depression, a court heard.

The 27-year-old would invite his friends round and play reggae music at his flat on Ribblesdale Court in Chilwell.

But his neighbours complained to the council that they were being kept awake by the noise and said they were “desperate for it to stop”.

Dobbyn was served with an abatement notice – which ordered him to keep the noise down.

But he was prosecuted for failing to comply with the order and appeared at Nottingham Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where he admitted the charge.

Prosecutor Natalie Osei told magistrates that Mr Dobbyn had been singing and playing songs such as Rude by Canadian reggae band Magic! and No Letting Go by Jamaican artist Wayne Wonder.

She added: “(The neighbours) had said they had been suffering from depression as a result of the ongoing noise nuisance.”

Noise monitoring equipment was installed in the flat to assess the problem last October after the neighbours complained that the abatement notice had not stopped the problem.

Miss Osei said: “When the equipment was removed and the recordings were listened to the complainant’s TV could be heard, but above that there was loud singing and shouting coming from (Dobbyn’s) house.

“On one occasion the music was so loud it was possible to hear what music was being played.”

Alex Chapman, in mitigation, said: “Michael Dobbyn would invite friends round to his flat. People would drink, have a party and listen to music. He didn’t understand or appreciate the level of impact these actions were having on other people around him.

“He now apologises unreservedly to the people affected.”

Dobbyn was fined £110 and ordered to pay £75 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Chairman of the bench Michael Harrold said: “I presume now that you’ve realised that you have to consider other people with your actions.”

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