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Exeter woman fined and has stereo seized after loud music complaints

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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A mother blasted music from her flat to spite her neighbour, a court heard.

Shantelle Bennett said she ‘did not get on’ with her downstairs neighbour at the flats in Exeter, Devon.

She had her music and TV blaring out until 4am on some days, Exeter magistrates court was told.

The 29 year old mother admitted three counts of contravening a noise abatement notice which was served last September when she was told to reduce the noise levels from her flat in Rydal Mews in Windermere Close, Exeter.

Exeter City Council prosecutor Elaine Kale said the original notice was for Bennett causing a noise nuisance for five months from May 2013.

Every weekend in January her stereo music was blaring out as well as her TV, according to complaints from residents and community patrols.

A manual noise box was installed and that too detected that her music was too loud and playing until 4am.

Bennett told the court:”I don’t get on with my neighbour downstairs. I am trying to move.”

She claimed police were investigating her electrical supply being cut by someone.

Dark haired Bennett said she didn’t spend much time at her flat anymore and she did not want her confiscated music system and speakers back.

The magistrates told her:”Obviously this noise has been going on for a long time. You disturbed the peace of your neighbours.

She was fined £450 plus £125 costs – a total of £575 which will be taken out of her benefits.

Outside court, Bennett told friends:”I had the music and TV on loud to spite my neighbour.”

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