Noisy nuisance neighbour fined £5,000 and has music equipment seized


A woman who was causing a nuisance by playing loud music has had her equipment seized and been fined.

Several residents complained about loud music coming from a property in Salford House, on the Isle of Dogs, where Stella Rayne lived.

Despite several letters and visits from Tower Hamlets Council’s Environmental Health Team, the loud noise continued.

Officers from Environmental Health successfully applied for a warrant to seize Rayne’s equipment in July 2023, but the noise nuisance continued.

The council prosecuted Rayne for six offences of causing noise nuisance in breach of an abatement notice.

She was found guilty on all charges at Thames Magistrates’ Court on 23 January and ordered to pay fines totalling £2,640, a victim surcharge of £1,056, and prosecution costs of £2,010.

One resident who had been impacted by the loud noise thanked the council’s officers for taking action.

They said: “Thank you for keeping me updated and to you and your team for being the only ones that have helped me and listened. I really do appreciate it.”

Lutfur Rahman, Executive Mayor, said:

“We understand the detrimental impact noisy neighbours have on our communities. We encourage anyone who is having an issue to report it to us so we can take action.”

If you are disturbed by excessive noise, the noise service is available on 0207 364 5000. The noise team is available to respond from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and the out of hours Noise Response Service is available Thursday to Sunday from 8pm to 3.30am.

To find out more about the process, visit Noise control (

Posted on Wednesday 21st February 2024