A CLITHEROE woman has been made subject to a restraining order after tormenting her neighbours with loud music and “stomping” up the stairs.
Blackburn magistrates heard noisy neighbour Jayne Farnworth (53) had been charged with harassment, but the prosecution was happy to withdraw the charge as long as she agreed to a restraining order for two years.
And the order also took into account that Farnworth has moved out of her home in Coppperfield Close and agreed a 12 months rental starting in December.
The restraining order prohibits Farnworth from going onto Copperfield Close except between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. until December 10th, when the rental starts; from residing on Copperfield Close; from communicating with Joanne Emmett, Elaine Hensey or Lauren Hensey, or from contacting or following the protected people.
Mrs Claire Grant (prosecuting) said that between August 10th and September 15th Farnworth had caused considerable distress to her neighbours Jeanne Emmett, who is in her 70s, her daughter Elaine Hensey, and her daughter Lauren.
“The principal cause has been noise coming from the defendant’s property,” said Mrs Grant. “This has been in the form of music at an unacceptable level and deliberate noise created by stomping up and down stairs.”
Mrs Grant said the aggrieved were desperate for a restraining order to be put in place which would restore peace and tranquillity.
“The order as it is worded would give them peace of mind that when the period of rental ends the problems will not resume,” said Mrs Grant. “The defendant received a caution for harassment of an entirely separate person in August and there does seem to be the potential for this to carry on and escalate.”
Mr Richard Prew (defending) said there was a long history to the matter but his client did not accept criminal culpability. He said there was not a constant barrage of loud music being played late at night.
“Of the four accepted incidents one was late at night and the others all during the day,” said Mr Prew. “My client says the music was not too loud, but these cases are all about interpretation.”
He said Farnworth was looking to sell the house and wanted nothing to do with her neighbours.
“Had she continued to live there, there would have been more allegations,” said Mr Prew. “She wants a quiet life and doesn’t want to be constantly looking over her shoulder waiting for her neighbours to complain about something else.”