Saturday, 9th October 2010
Noisy neighbour 'was depressed'
09 October 2010
By Matt Casey
A DEPRESSED man who played his music so loud that he upset a neighbour ended up being arrested.
Police were called out at 8.55pm on Wednesday after a woman living on the ground floor flat below Robert Irving's home complained about the noise, South Tyneside magistrates were told.
When officers arrived at her home in Suffolk Road, Hebburn, they could hear the music coming from the flat above.
"The woman was shaking, appeared to be crying and was very upset by the loud music," said Paul Doney, prosecuting.
The officers went to Irving's flat and knocked on the door twice, but he shouted abuse in an aggressive manner.
When the officers tried to open the door, Irving shut it in their faces and continued to shout and swear.
Eventually the officers got into his flat, and they could smell alcohol on him.
Irving stood with his fists clenched in a fighting position and accused the officers of smashing down the door, said Mr Doney.
The officers were concerned for their safety, and were forced to push him away.
One of the officers went into the living room and turned down the music as his colleague radioed for help.
More officers arrived and Irving was arrested and spent a night in custody before appearing in the dock.
Irving, 50, who admitted a breach of the peace, told the court: ''I'm on antidepressants and mixed them with alcohol. I can't remember much about it."
He was bound over to keep the peace for six months in the sum of £50.
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