Trainspotting fan threatened with jail time after blasting Born Slippy on repeat
A Trainspotting fan has been hauled up in front of a judge for blasting dance banger Born Slippy on repeat.
Clyde Taylor, 55, from Salford, Greater Manchester, played the Underworld classic and 90s anthem on repeat, despite pleas from neighbours and authorities to turn it off.
Desperate officials even seized his stereo gear and amps twice, but he kept buying new equipment.
The heavy duty tunes were even played during the working week, while Taylor also played his electric guitar at a high sound level, reports the MEN.
The dance music fanatic has now been slapped with a fine , criminal behaviour order, and noise reduction order, preventing him from "permitting music to be played at a level that can be heard outside the property".
Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court has backed Salford Council ’s application for the first criminal behaviour order against statutory noise nuisance in Greater Manchester.
The order lasts five years and magistrates warned him if he breaches the order he could be arrested and jailed.
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Councillor David Lancaster, the council's lead member for environment and community safety, said: “This is an unprecedented case which could have been avoided with a bit of neighbourly consideration. If he had complied with the first polite request to keep the noise down none of this would have been necessary.
“We will always try to resolve noise complaints without resorting to the law but if people refuse to be reasonable and considerate then we will use our full powers.
"It is the first time we have used a criminal behaviour order to tackle noise nuisance but, if need be, it will not be the last time we use these powers."
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Magistrates were told complaints began early in 2019 and council officers went to speak to Mr Taylor. At first he accepted he was being unreasonable but monitoring equipment showed the noise nuisance continued.
In June environmental protection officers from Salford Council got a warrant, entered the property and seized stereo equipment, numerous speakers and a large screen television, worth in total £959.
Mr Taylor then replaced all the equipment and the noise continued. Council officers again used a warrant to seize equipment including a bass guitar, amplifier speakers and another large screen television, worth in total £580.
He again replaced all the equipment and continued to play music at unacceptable levels into the early hours.
He was was summonsed to court in October and found guilty in his absence, of eight breaches of an abatement notice issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
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Magistrates fined him £330 per offence – a total of £2,640, ordered him to pay a £30 victim surcharge and to forfeit the seized equipment.
On Wednesday he unsuccessfully applied to the court to have the conviction set aside and the trial reheard.
Magistrates reduced the level of the original fine to £50 per offence, imposed a £30 victim surcharge and made an order for £1,500 costs against him.
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