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Two Gloucester residents have been convicted for continually playing loud music over long periods of time.

Between July and August 2015, Mrs. Bohumila Karchnakova and Mr. Julius Gazi of 56 Salisbury Road, Gloucester breached a notice, issued by Gloucester City Council, on two separate occasions by playing loud music for long periods of time.

The couple were summoned to Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 25th May 2016 to answer to two counts of breaching a noise abatement notice under section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The couple has previously been convicted of the same offence in July 2014 and received a civil Injunction due to persistent anti social behaviour in January 2016. However, they continued the offences which forced the council to take further legal action as it appeared the breaches were being done deliberately.

Gloucester City Council staff were granted a warrant to enter the couple’s home and seized televisions, music instrument and electric monitors in an attempt to stop the continuing noise nuisance. The court has ordered that these items should not be returned to them.

Both Mrs. Karchnakova and Mr. Gazi were in attendance in court, pleaded not guilty and gave evidence in their defence. Two council officers, as expert witnesses, provided the court with evidence to prove the case and obtained a guilty verdict.

Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “It is always a shame when people allow a situation to get this far, especially when officers have tried to intervene to stop it having to go to court.

“At the end of the day, if you continue to commit an offence, we will always take action to stop you if you don’t stop yourself.”

The couple were ordered to pay a £500 fine, the council’s costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £50; totalling £950.

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