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Sticky patch for pub; Bar fined for noisy music.

Byline: NEIL McKAY

A GROUP called Sticky Fingers led to pub boss Mark Anderson getting his well and truly burnt.

Noise officers who visited one of their gigs - a birthday bash at The Derwentside in Durham Road, Blackhill, Consett - found the heavy metal band could be heard 300 yards down the street.

The council had previously imposed a 96-decibel limit which the pub was found guilty of breaching.

Following a two-day hefaring, a judge rejected Mr Anderson's appeal against a pounds 5,000 fine imposed by Consett magistrates last year for breach of a noise abatement order. Recorder Bill Law, sitting at Durham Crown Court, also ordered his company, Durham-based AT Leisure, to pay pounds 2,000 in court costs in addition to the pounds 3,599 ordered at the magistrates hearing in September.

Judge Law said Mr Anderson's defence had "wholly failed" and the fine was justified.

Environmental health bosses were called to the gig of Tyneside-band Sticky Fingers - named after a Rolling Stones album - in October 2009 following complaints from residents in neighbouring flats.

They were blasting out hits such as Queen's We Will Rock You, Golden Earring's Radar Love and Metallica's Enter Sandman.

Durham County Council public protection officer John Hayes said: "The noise was unreasonable on that night and was a nuisance."

Mr Hayes, who was called to the homes in Ritson Close, next door to the pub, by resident Kevin Latimer, added: "The music could clearly be heard inside the house and was deemed very intrusive."

Mr Anderson said after the hearing: "We simply cannot put on rock bands for our customers any more."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2011
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