Noisy neighbour ordered to leave home after breaching injunction 54 times

A “selfish” noisy neighbour from Sunderland was ordered to immediately surrender his tenancy after he breached his anti-social behaviour injunction 54 times.

Glen Watson of Dunstanburgh Close, Washington, was also given a four-month suspended sentence after he admitted repeatedly breaching his injunction.

Sunderland City Council first brought the injunction against him in May last year after numerous complaints from a neighbour dating back to October 2019.

The neighbour complained of “unreasonable and intrusive” noise at night and in the early hours of the morning and was able to capture evidence using the council’s noise monitoring application.

The council’s injunction application stated: “All of the recorded instances of noise disturbance were to the distress of the neighbour and demonstrate that the respondent has engaged in anti-social behaviour which is persistent and continuing.”

Glen Watson was banned from creating ‘loud or ongoing noises’ such as shouting, using offensive or threatening words or playing loud music at his home at 129 Dustanburgh Close or any other premises.

However, reports emerged that Mr Watson had continued to breach the order and committal proceedings were commenced at a final hearing on March 5.

There, it was agreed that Mr Watson would be given a suspended sentence if he immediately gave up possession of the property.

After leaving court, he was accompanied to the property by the council’s ASB officer, a police officer from Washington station and the landlord of the property to collect his belongings.

Any further ASB incidents will result in his committal to prison and the court order remains in place irrespective of Mr Watson’s registered address to prevent him from causing issues elsewhere in the community.

Sunderland City Council’s leader and portfolio holder for safer communities, Coun Graeme Miller, 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.

“Mr Watson’s neighbour – a care worker – has been negatively affected by his selfish and irresponsible behaviour, but she showed courage throughout as she cooperated fully with our investigation.

“Our priority is to protect the many 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.”

More details about how to lodge a complaint about noise and nuisances are on www.sunderland.gov.uk

Chronicle Live – Sunderland