Council noise abatement officers confiscated a man’s karaoke stereo and microphone after neighbours complained about his late-night rapping – to Michael Jackson.
‘Bad’ Andrew Smith, 38, regularly invited friends around to his flat in Bath, Somerset, before rapping loudly over Jackson CDs.
Smith was served with a noise abatement notice but he refused to ‘Stop ’til he got enough’ and continued his karaoke sessions late into the night.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to comply with a council noise abatement notice at Bath Magistrates’ Court and was fined £260 with £100 costs.
Smith’s music equipment, including speakers, a CD player, microphone and collection of Michael Jackson albums, were confiscated.
Bath and North East Somerset Council environmental health officer John Harvey praised the sentence and told how Smith ”made life miserable” for his neighbours.
He said: ”Noisy neighbours can make life miserable for many residents.
”B&NES Council’s action in this case sends a clear message that if people ignore noise abatement notices we will take strong enforcement action to get compliance and improve life for neighbours.”
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