People Can Be Fined For Crying, Arguing In Their Own Homes In This Town
Residents in the English town of Newcastle-Upon-Lyme could be fined for crying or arguing in their own house.
Local councils in the U.K. can issue Community Protection Notices (CPNs) to stop people from disrupting their neighbours.
These rules, which apply to anyone over the age of 16, were introduced in 2014 by Prime Minister Theresa May when she was a secretary on the British Cabinet.
But CPNs can be given to people inside their own homes if it is deemed they are disrupting their neighbours.
For those living in the town of Newcastle-Upon-Lyme, Staffordshire, these rules mean it is illegal to cry, argue or make loud banging noises in their home if it disrupts their neighbours, a Freedom of Information request by The Sun found.
In December 2015, Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council gave one resident a notice to "not to create any wailing, jabbering, crying and hammering on the wall type noises”.
“(Noises should) not to create any wailing, jabbering, crying and hammering on the wall type noises," the notice said.
The council told The Sun it had not had any complaints since and no fines had been issued.
If a CPN is not complied with, an on-the-spot fine of £100 (AU$180) can be handed out, but that can rise to £2,500 (AU$4,500) if prosecuted.