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Three men made homeless by closure order after neighbours make 100 noise complaints

PUBLISHED: 08:28 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:06 20 February 2018

Number 15, Newlands Avenue in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

Number 15, Newlands Avenue in King's Lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Three men have been ordered to leave their home following a three-year dispute with neighbours over noise levels and disorderly behaviour.

Their home in Newlands Avenue, in King’s Lynn, was described as a party house, where loud amplified music would be played in all hours of the day and night.

In a case brought to King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court by King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, the court heard how the incidents were first reported in November 2014.

Jo Furner, prosecuting on behalf of the council, said: “There were reports of noise all day and night, lots of parties continuing into the early hours, shouting, screaming, fighting and threatening behaviour to neighbours.”

She added that there were more than 100 reports of loud noise made by neighbours in the last three years, including an incident where a home-made explosive was detonated in the rear garden.

Giving evidence in court, Karl Morgan, who lives next door with his wife Karen and their four children, said his family had suffered in a big way.

Mr Morgan, who works as a bus driver, told the court he had been disciplined at work because he had to take time off work due to not getting enough sleep.

He added that his children had not been getting enough sleep before going to school.

The tenants – Christopher Poll, James Hamilton and Ben Jordon – shared the home of multiple occupancy owned by Adrian Devlin. Neither Mr Devlin, who lives in the Philippines, nor Poll attended the hearing yesterday.

Giving evidence, Jordon said he was just as much a victim and had tried to tell the other occupiers to keep the noise down but it “fell on deaf ears”.

He added: “I can understand what his [Mr Morgan’s] family is going through, I live beneath it. I would be extremely cheesed off if I had neighbours like that.”

Although he appeared in court, Hamilton decided not to give evidence, saying: “I don’t have anything to say, I have been a nuisance haven’t I?”

District judge Nicholas Watson served a closure order for three months, which prohibits access to the property by anybody including Poll, Jordon and Hamilton.

Mr Watson said: “Nobody likes to make an order that would lead to people being eventually homeless.”

On hearing the verdict, Jordon launched into a foul-mouthed tirade before storming out of the courtroom.

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