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Pub landlord fined £13,200 for noisy late-night music

News release: 25/7/18 - The landlord of a west London pub has been hit with a hefty fine after complaints about late-night music disturbing local residents.

Darren Farrell, leaseholder and licensee of Captain Morgans Freehouse in Field End Road, Eastcote, was prosecuted by Hillingdon Council's Anti-social Behaviour and Environment team after unreasonably loud music was heard coming from the pub during unsocial night-time hours.

Despite noise abatement notices being issued on the premises on 20 February and 22 March, council officers heard loud music coming from the pub on five separate occasions between 18 March and 21 April.

Although the pub's licence allows it to play music until 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays and until 11pm on the other nights of the week, it did not give the pub permission to cause a statutory noise nuisance.

Farrell was due appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Monday 16 July to answer five breaches of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. However, he failed to appear and was convicted in his absence. He was fined £2,640 per offence and ordered to pay costs of £1,416, plus a £170 victim surcharge -  a total of £14,786.

Councillor Douglas Mills, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Community Commerce and Regeneration, said: "The loud music coming from the pub was penetrating and intrusive, making sleep impossible for local residents. On one occasion it could even been heard through earphones and ear plugs. This sort of flagrant disregard for the law is totally unacceptable, and I am pleased to see the severity of the offences reflected in the hefty fine."


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