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'Top Boy' Channel 4 star pest fined

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Housing, Legal, Local Government

'Top Boy' Channel 4 star pest fined 'Top Boy' Channel 4 star pest fined

An actor who starred in a Channel 4 drama about drugs and gangs has been fined for being a pest.

Shone Romulus, who appeared in the TV show Top Boy, was tried in his absence at Thames Magistrates’ Court for causing a noise nuisance in Dersingham Avenue, Manor Park.

Newham Council took action against the 26-year-old after first being alerted to his behaviour in July 2012.

The rapper's neighbours' children were unable to sleep due to the blaring music coming from his property.

In February 2013, the council’s anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance team witnessed loud noise coming from the pest's property, and issued him with a noise abatement notice.

In October 2013, council officers were again called to the property and found that extremely loud music was being played at 9.30pm, which was causing the walls of neighbouring properties to vibrate, distressing a family and preventing a three-year-old and an 18-month-old child from sleeping.

When approached, the actor, who recently described himself as “polite” during a YouTube interview, slammed the door in the council officer’s face and refused to turn down his music.

He was issued with a fixed penalty notice, but when he failed to pay up the council began legal proceedings and Romulus was summoned to appear before magistrates in March this year. He pleaded not guilty and a trial date was set for 14 August.

Romulus failed to attend court and was tried in his absence.

The affected neighbours gave evidence to the magistrates who found the rapper guilty. He was fined £600 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 as well as £1,262 in court costs.

In April, Romulus was evicted from his council property after accumulating £2,794 in rent arrears.

TV series Top Boy is set on a fictional Hackney housing estate and follows the lives of a group of people involved in drug dealing and street gangs.

Councillor Ian Corbett, mayoral advisor for environment and leisure, said: “We have a strong community that gets on well together. However, there is a small minority of people who blight the lives of others. Where we are made aware of nuisance, we will do all that we can to stamp it out.

“Our enforcement team worked tirelessly to support the victims in this case who repeatedly faced noise and disruption to their daily lives due to this man’s inconsiderate behaviour and we are grateful that they attended court and gave evidence to magistrates last week.

“Romulus has now faced the justice system and this should be a lesson to others who think that they can get away with flouting the law.”

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