Warring neighbours row over noise

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A noise nuisance turned on a TV music channel full blast during a war of words with a neighbour.

Alan Littlejohn, 57, rowed with his neighbour who had control over the central heating boiler in the block of flats where they lived.

In court Littlejohn, of Bairstow Street, Blackpool said: “This man has control of our heating and hot water.

“He continually switches it off.

“Everyone in the flats is cross with him.

“Last Christmas I had to sit on front of my electric cooker with the door open to keep warm.”

However it was the complaints from that neighbour which landed Littlejohn in court where he admitted three breaches of a Noise Abatement order served on him by Blackpool Council.

Blackpool magistrates handed him a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £65 costs.

Lynda Bennett, prosecuting, said a series of complaints were made about loud music coming from Littlejohn’s flat .

It was monitored by council staff during the day and night before he was handed the legal notice to stop the loud music.

He was given advice about what level of volume was suitable. Defending himself Littlejohn said: “He is only trying to get his own back because we complain about the boiler being switched off.

“I sometimes do not realise how loud the music is because I have ear problems.”