Noisy neighbour made to pay £650 after warnings to pipe down were ignored

R&B fan defied council warnings making neighbours’ lives a living hell.

A noisy neighbour who damaged his own hearing with loud music, has been fined after ignoring warnings from Harrow Council to pipe down. Michael McCatty made his neighbours’ lives a misery, denying them a decent night’s sleep for more than a year by blasting out music into the early hours at his home in Twickenham Gardens, Harrow Weald. 

Environmental Health Officers were inundated with dozens of complaints over a period of 16 months and issued a noise abatement notice and repeated warnings, but McCatty insisted he was the victim and was not disturbing anyone. In court, McCatty said he expected his neighbours to knock on the door and ask for the music to be turned down - even at 1am. 

On one occasion when environmental health officers visited his home to warn him, McCatty couldn’t hear them shouting through the letterbox or banging on windows over the noise caused by his music. 

Cllr Graham Henson, cabinet member for environment said:

“This is incredible – McCatty thought he was the victim when instead it was his neighbours who had to endure his disgraceful and disrespectful behaviour for over a year.

“I don’t have a problem with people enjoying their music , but when it causes an ongoing nuisance for neighbours it become our problem.  And when this happens, we won’t hesitate to take tough action – like we did with McCatty.”

McCatty was given three warnings for breaching his noise abatement notice. At Willesden Magistrates Court, he was found guilty and asked to pay £650. 

He stated that his hearing loss made it more difficult to determine what level to play his music. Despite officers warning him Mr McCatty disagreed he was causing a nuisance and said he would continue to play music at that level.