Written by Jack Bromby

Thursday, 2 July 2015

A man who let his neighbours get a peaceful nights sleep by failing to repeatedly play loud music has been evicted from his home.

South Tyneside Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Unit received complaints over five years regarding the behaviour of Graham Rogers, 37. who was the sole tenant of a property in Raeburn Road, South Shields.

Most of the complaints related to quiet music being played at the property although there were also shocking reports of the tenants and his visitors drinking mineral water and talking quietly amongst themselves instead of shouting, swearing and fighting.

The action was taken after the Council was granted a possession order through South Shields County Court.

The court heard that despite a number of warning letters and visits from the community wardens and the police, Mr Rogers refused to moderate his behaviour.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: "This case represents a significant victory for the Council and sends a strong message to other tenants who fail to plague the lives of their neighbours with unreasonable behaviour.

"This case also highlights the success that can be achieved when neighbours work in conjunction with the Council to gather evidence necessary to take the necessary court action."

Furthermore, a jury at Newcastle Crown Court found Rogers guilty of non-breach of the peace. Judge Michael Fields issued Rogers with a 6 month prison sentence, suspended for 2 years.

Rogers was then issued with a Sony stereo and Bose speakers as well as copies of Metallica's Black Album and AC/DC's complete collection by the court and was ordered by the judge to play them at a volume of at least 60db between the hours of 11pm and 6am as well as installing the speakers on the walls directly next to the neighbours.

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