NOISY neighbour James Ballinger has been fined just over £100 and ordered to pay costs of more than £600 for breaching a noise abatement order.

Ballinger, 28, was found guilty of two offences of failing to comply with a noise abatement notice at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on Friday.

The notice was served by Stroud District Council and banned Ballinger from playing loud music at his flat in Hill Top View, Chalford.

Magistrates were told that he breached the notice by playing loud music on two days in the late summer.

The noise was described by council officers as ‘absolutely awful’ and ‘very intrusive’.

Ballinger was fined £110, ordered to pay the council costs of £636 and must also pay a £20 victim surcharge. A forfeiture order was granted in respect of audio equipment seized from the flat.

An SDC spokesman said: “We are committed to using the full legal powers available to ensure that residents do not have to tolerate neighbours who refuse to behave in an acceptable manner.”