A singer has been handed a fine of more than £4,000 for keeping her neighbour awake all night with karaoke.
Tammy Mitchell, 40, of Gloucester, Cheltenham, played music and sang so loudly it caused her neighbour’s shelf to vibrate, a court heard.
The neighbour, who lived in the flat above in Barton Street, said they couldn’t sleep with the music being played throughout the early hours of the morning.
A noise abatement notice was served to Mitchell by the local council in April 2019 telling her to stop the late night loud music.
But she didn’t stop and the neighbour said she became depressed as a result of the sleepless nights.
Police later raided the flat and seized several speakers, amps and microphones, before Mitchell was summoned to court for breaching the notice.
Mitchell would be awake late into the night singing karaoke in her Barton Street home (Picture: Google)Mitchell failed to show up at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on July 22 and was ordered to pay £4,400 in fines, costs and a victim surcharge.
An order was also made so the seized equipment will not be returned, which put an end to the karaoke sessions.
Cllr Richard Cook, cabinet member for environment at Gloucester City Council, said: ‘In cases of statutory nuisance we encourage residents to engage directly with their neighbour to resolve the issue without the need for further intervention.
‘In this case the neighbour had tried to address the issue on several occasions but without success.
‘Where a resident is not willing to accept or make changes to reduce the impact their noise is having on their neighbours, the city council will investigate and take appropriate action to ensure the issue is resolved.’