A PENGE man has been ordered to pay over £600 after he made his neighbours' lives a misery by playing loud music at his home.

Lemeail Griffith, of Thicket Road, pleaded guilty to four counts of breaching a council issued noise abatement notice at Bromley Magistrates' Court.

He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £15 in victim surcharges and £300 in costs.

Griffith was previously found guilty of the offences on November 21 2012, when he did not attend the court.

The court heard that despite being served with an abatement notice in January 2012, music continued to be played at an unacceptable level from his property.

He applied to have the case re-opened, pleading ignorance of the hearing.

Executive Member for Public Protection and Safety Councillor Tim Stevens said: "The Council will take action where residents are causing a real nuisance through excessive noise.

"It simply isn't right that neighbours are expected to put up with this kind of very antisocial behaviour.

"Our officers are extremely tenacious in seeking justice in these matters, particularly so in this case which ended up being heard twice."

Bromley Council deals with around 4,000 reports of excessive noise nuisance every year.

Residents affected by a noise nuisance should call 0300 303 8657.