A neighbour from hell has been jailed for terrorising her neighbour with loud music – and breaking a restraining order for the SIXTH time.
Amber Flowers, 66, had subjected her next door neighbour Linda Burns to repeated harassment over the years before blasting two songs through the wall earlier this year.
She told a magistrate that while “some people might think it’s loud” others “might find it enjoyable.”
However, in a statement read to the court Ms Burns said Flowers’ behaviour prevented her from being able to “relax”.
She added that she was “worried” about a stricter lockdown which could leave her “stuck” with Flowers “constantly”.
Flowers, from Barrow, Cumbria, admitted breaching the order and was jailed for 26 weeks.
South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court was told the neighbour heard loud music playing at around 2pm on the day of the incident.
Her behaviour was in contradiction to an order made in November 2018.
It was then heard that Flowers blasted loud music and shouted vile abuse through the walls of her flat over the course of six months.
For that offence, as well as the restraining order, she was given a suspended sentence.
In her statement Ms Burns statement said: “I work as a domestic cleaner. When I get home from my work I want to relax.
“I do not feel I able to do so with Miss Flowers.
“I’m worried about a stricter lockdown which will mean I am stuck with Miss Flowers constantly.”
She added she suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder, which she said was worsened by the behaviour of Flowers.
Karen Templeton, mitigating, said her client had been supported to find new housing and could move in four weeks.
She asked magistrates not to jail the defendant.
She said: “This is not someone who has been in and out of court all her life for offences of this kind. It’s something that’s related to this particular problem.
“Hopefully this matter can be resolved and everyone can move on.
“She has been in a bit of a merry-go-round.
“I would suggest this time there is something on offer that can be used to break the cycle.
“If Amber was able to move there wouldn’t be problems with a new neighbour.
Asked by magistrates why she plays music loudly, Flowers said: “Some people might think it’s loud and some people might find it enjoyable.”
Magistrates jailed her for the “serious” breach and told her to pay a £128 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.