Sunderland house closed down by court order after music played 'day and night' by abusive neighbour
A Sunderland home has been put under a closure order after a long list of complaints against a noisy neighbour who “repeatedly” breached an antisocial behaviour injunction.
The injunction was first brought by Sunderland City Council against Roxanne Brennan, of Sandringham Road in Roker, in September.
It followed complaints of loud music being played “throughout the day and night, abusive and threatening language, and physical violence” which were substantiated by a council investigation.
Residents in the street told officers life returned to normal for a few months after the injunction, but the council says the adult disorder, verbal aggression and physical violence has “since become worse than ever.”
Its Neighbourhoods Enforcement Team submitted a closure order application to the courts when further reports of excessive noise, foul language, shouting, screaming and threats of violence were reported by residents.
They were corroborated by the council’s noise monitoring application, enforcement officer patrols, witness statements and police logs.
The order – granted by South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court – remains in effect for a period of three months and prohibits anyone from remaining on or entering the premises, except the landlord/agent for maintenance purposes.
Any person breaching the order will be liable on summary conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 51 weeks imprisonment, a fine, or both.
The closure order is an interim measure to ensure the anti-social behaviour desists immediately and gives respite to residents whose quality of life is being impacted. A file for breach of the anti-social behaviour injunction has also been submitted to the courts.
Fiona Brown, the council’s Executive Director of Neighbourhoods, said: "We feel that the outcome of this case sends out a strong message that persistent anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Sunderland.
"Ms Brennan’s neighbours have been negatively affected by her irresponsible behaviour and our priority is to protect the decent, law abiding citizens of our city.
"Individuals persistently showing disregard for the community and allowing their actions to have a detrimental effect on others will be dealt with via the sternest possible means."
Anyone who wants to log a complaint about noise and or antisocial behaviour can visit www.sunderland.gov.uk/report-it or call (0191) 520 5550.