Control Of Pollution Act 1974 used against buskers by Newcastle City Council

Good Afternoon Everyone! The Moot have had an eventful few months since the incident when we were busking in Newcastle on the 10th of November at 22.00hrs when we were approached by two council officials, the events that unfolded that evening were unpleasant at best. Following that incident, on the 23rd of December 2018 we both received a summons each to Newcastle Magistrates Court. Clare for playing a loudspeaker after 9pm and Eryl for ‘Permitting’ Clare to play a loudspeaker after 9pm.  These charges were brought under the Control Of Pollution Act 1974. The court date was set for 10th January 2019. It was only at the start of January that we were able to make contact with a solicitor that was able to help. Solicitors, Janice and Sophie from David Gray in Newcastle have been fabulous. They researched the information available, they managed to get the original court date adjourned until today 31st Jan and attempted to negotiate with the council. That unfortunately was not successful. So today Sophie attended court on our behalf. She entered a plea of Guilty for Clare (as by the letter of the Law Clare was playing the amp after 9pm.) however Sophie backed up Clare’s guilty plea, with Letters from many of you and some personal references, along with mitigation about the nights events that was put forward by our solicitor. Sophie entered a plea of Not Guilty for Eryl. Today’s Result. The Magistrates ruled in Clare’s case today as she pleaded guilty, Their ruling was an Absolute Discharge and because she plead guilty Clare also has £85 costs to pay however she will NOT have a Criminal Record. Eryl’s trial is set for 4th April 2019 where she will defend herself against the charges brought by Newcastle Council. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout this. But also a huge Thank you to everyone who sent letters of support to the court. We have set up a crowd funder on Gofundme to help with legal costs.

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