Derby dog owner prosecuted over deafening canine noise

Published: 12 August 2021

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A resident was handed fines after failing to comply with a community protection notice

A Derby owner of noisy dogs has been prosecuted after breaching a Community Protection Order.

Residents in the Alvaston area of the city were subjected to months of continuous barking and noise caused by the dogs at the residents’ property. The first complaints about noise were received by the Council in November 2019 and a warning was issued at the time.

However, recordings sent to the Council via the Noise App showed that the noise nuisance was continuing to the detriment of the local community. Shortly after this, a Community Protection Notice (CPN) was issued to the resident requiring them to reduce the noise caused by the dogs.

Despite being issued with a CPN, the noise continued, and further recordings of the dogs barking were sent to the Council, giving clear evidence that the resident was continuously in breach of the CPN put in place to give neighbouring properties relief from the noise.

The resident attended Chesterfield Justice Centre and pleaded guilty to breaching the Community Protection Notice on 20 March 2021 and was sentenced to the following:

Fine - £120.00
Costs - £300.00
Victim surcharge – £34.00
Total - £454.00

A Criminal Behaviour Order was also granted for a period of two years and has specific requirements set in place which the resident must comply with or they could face further prosecution.

Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Place and Community Development commented:

Our residents have the right to feel safe and relaxed in their own homes. This prosecution shows that we will take the appropriate action to address issues such as noise, so that our residents can live happy, healthy lives.

It’s also another great example of partnership working with the Environmental Protection Team, The Public Protection Officer team and Derby Homes, working closely to ensure the best possible outcome for our communities.”

If you have a noisy neighbour and would like further help or support, please contact the Environmental Protection Team online or Call 01332 642020.

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