A rock fan who drove his neighbours round the bend by constantly blasting out hits by PINK FLOYD in the middle of the night has been jailed for 28 days.
Paul Foster, 51, repeatedly played tracks by the British 70’s prog rock band at full volume making residents lives a misery.
Fed-up neighbours said Foster would often leave his radio on all night pumping out albums such as ‘Dark Side of The Moon’, ‘The Wall’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’.
Stoke-on-Trent County Court heard how one family even moved out of the area because they couldn’t put up with the loud music – which also included late night love ballads.
On TuesdayFoster, from Chesterton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs., was caged for breaching an injunction from playing loud music for the FIFTH time.
Speaking after the hearing, Caroline Baggaley, Head of Aspire – the housing association where Foster lived, said: “We are pleased with the sentencing, as we do not tolerate antisocial behaviour – in particular noise nuisance.
“The vast majority of our customers have a quiet enjoyment of their homes and neighbourhoods and Aspire wants to ensure that everyone maintains this standard of conduct.”
One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said after the case: “Its been a nightmare. I like Pink Floyd as much as the next man but not when it’s being played ten times a day until 4am.
“He also seemed to like his late night love ballads – I’ve lost track of the times I’ve heard Barry White and Marvin Gaye coming from the house.
“But it was mainly Pink Floyd, and I think whenever I hear their songs again I’ll be climbing the walls.
“We just hope this teaches him a lessons and we can get a good nights sleep from now on.”
Another neighbour, added: “It’s been going on for years. He has probably lived here for about 20 years.
“The people who used to live next door to him moved out because they couldn’t stand the noise anymore. It can go on all night.
“Most of the time he keeps himself to himself. He will say hello – but I think he likes a drink and he has been in trouble in the past.”
Foster was first hauled before the courts in September last year but then breached an ‘undertaking to his future conduct’ agreement on October 4 and December 1 last year.
He was sentenced to 21 days in jail suspended for one year on January 17 and also served with an injunction banning him from causing nuisance noise.
He breached the injunction on February 22 and was jailed for 63 days on March 20 when he admitted further breaches.
Foster then breached the injunction again on May 30 despite spending time at at HMP Dovegate prison, in Staffordshire.