A woman has been banned from playing loud music for three years after subjecting neighbours to rap until 5am almost every day.
Natasha King, of Tailyour Road, Crownhill, has been banned from playing loud music for three years and handed a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) by Plymouth magistrates.
The 39-year-old is now forbidden to play music, day or night, at a volume that can be heard from outside her house.
A breach of this order could result in a prison sentence of up to five years.
One neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Herald that Ms King had been listening to rap and rave music until 5am almost daily for a number of years.
She said that the music, which included songs by rap stars Eminem, 50 Cent and Stormzy, had kept their children up at night.
The frustrated neighbour said that they were not the only ones who had suffered as a result of the loud music, as many others on the street had said they were fed up.
She added that though they were unaware of the music ban, they had noticed the property had become quieter over the last few days.
She said: “I didn’t realise. I thought she was away.
“It was so quiet I assumed she wasn’t there.”
The court heard how Ms King had pleaded guilty on Tuesday, January 2 to failing to comply with a previously issued Community Protection Notice on three separate occasions in April, May and June 2017.
An application had also been made for a Criminal Behaviour Order which was adjourned for a hearing on Friday, January 26.
Barrister Amy Edinborough, acting on behalf of the council, today told the court that Ms King had caused other residents distress for almost 12 years.
Plymouth City Council’s Environmental Protection Team successfully prosecuted the case.
Councillor Dave Downie, cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, said: “I welcome today’s court decision and am delighted that our team have pursued this course of action.
“This woman had several chances to settle this matter outside of court but we were not to be deterred and we have had a good result today.
“We are not afraid to prosecute those who cause distress to others and hope that this serves as a warning – causing others misery will not be tolerated.”