Dad-of-three fined for playing Celine Dion songs too LOUD

Jacek Korolko was handed a noise abatement notice by Bristol City Council after playing the music in his flat in Clifton, Bristol, last year.

A dad-of-three has been forced to 'think twice' about the volume of his music - after being fined £1,300 for playing Celine Dion songs too LOUD.

Jacek Korolko was handed a noise abatement notice by Bristol City Council after playing the music in his flat in Clifton, Bristol, last year.

The local authority say Mr Korolko, 33, breached notices by blaring out the hits of Canadian songstress Celine Dion, as well as rap hits by Eminem, at top volume.

It was claimed he persisted in playing his music, ignored warnings and twice breached the noise abatement notice he had been served.

But Mr Korolko, who lives in his property with wife Dagmara, 34, and children Martina, 15, Claudia, six, and Claudia, three, says far from being a nuisance it is he who is being hounded out by fellow residents.

Songstress: Power ballad queen Celine Dion (PA)He admits listening to music loudly on three occasions - two of which were his wife and teenage daughter's birthdays.

Mr Korolko said he could never afford to pay the charges as only his wife currently works and he had to return to Poland to sort out his father's funeral.

A spokeswoman for Bristol City Council said that after several warnings they served a Notice under section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 80 Abatement Notices. Despite this the complaints continued and officers witnessed two breeches of the abatement notice.

John Sinnott, Environmental Health Officer, said: "We warned Mr Korolko that he was in breech of the noise abatement notice and if he did again it would lead to court action.

"Neighbours have been very distressed at the unreasonable volume of music played often late at night."

Mr Korolko says since the complaints he has become increasingly stressed when his kids play indoors, has thrown out his stereo, sold his dog and makes his teenage daughter listen to music using headphones.

He said: "I am meant to be living in freedom but it feels like sometimes we are in a prison.

"I can't listen to music, I can't let my kids play inside, I can't have a dog, I can't decorate my house.

"I feel stressed all the time. I think I have to think about changing my house but like the area I live.

"I feel like they want me and my family on the streets."

Mr Korolko was fined £500 for the two breeches of the abatement notice and ordered to pay £799.59 costs and £15 Victim Surcharge.

Cllr Gus Hoyt, Cabinet Member for Communities, Environment and Equalities said: "Fines are always the last resort but local residents have the right to live without unreasonable noise from their neighbours.

"We have a policy of prevention and the officers we have do consult with those causing disturbances and there are plenty of warnings before we get to this stage.

"Sometimes - when residents refuse to co-operate - we have to take court action."