Man is jailed for playing Classic FM too loud

Man is jailed for playing Classic FM too loud


norman lebrecht

February 15, 2020

A Liverpool man of 82 who inflicted Classic FM radio on his neighbourhood at ‘unbelievable’ volume, has been jailed for 24 weeks after breaching a restraining order.

Ian George Traynor is the villain’s name.

Pity those poor neighbours being yelled at by Classic to relax. The old feller got what he deserved.



  • Allen says:

    “The old feller got what he deserved.”

    Yes, these 82 year olds need to be taught a lesson.

    Meanwhile, a gang of women who repeatedly kicked a young woman in the head walked free from court after a judge heard they were “not used to being drunk” because of their religion.

    There are other examples of crimes involving actual violence not attracting custodial sentences.

  • Molly says:

    What an idiot. I like Classic FM but some people think they can do just what they like.

    • Maria says:

      Yes, particularly neighbours who played their very loud pop music in east London above me, had badly laid wooden flooring put down, and f’ing and blinding and drunkenness four nights a week, and then with myself with sleep deprivation basically hounded me out of my flat in London where I was born and brought up, to the north of England!

  • Brian v says:

    He should of used headphones.

    • BrianB says:

      I used to do that much of the time when I lived in an apartment. Probably didn’t help my ears any but it’s a solution at a reasonable volume. Living in a house now with plenty of space between neighbors I can listen to music, surrounded by speakers, at concert volume and not bother anyone.

      • anon says:

        Perhaps we should lobby for a law compelling construction companies that build flats to include proper sound insulation. Ironically, it is often the pre-WW2 buildings that have the best insulation.

  • Ben G. says:

    There seems to be a similar comparison here to Ludwig Van, who lived in 39 apts. in and around Vienna. Is there a reason as to why he moved so many times? His presence must have been stressful for others.

    Radio, electric pianos, and headphones, never existed back then, and his neighbors could probably hear him pounding furiously away, writing what we would have called in those days “modern” music. He must have been a nuisance for his entourage, and his deafness certainly made him play louder.

    Any musician or composer will agree that when working on a piece, you can hear the entire work in your head without playing or listening to it.

    Unfortunately, Mr. Traynor is obviously no Beethoven and yes, he did get what he deserved.

  • Nick says:

    I wonder what do we do with millions of millenials who listen to hard rock at 120 db for hours at a time?!? This goes unpunished somehow because it is politically correct.
    An 82 y.o. who probably does not hear well listening to classical music is in jail – he is not politically correct. I experienced that too. I was told to play “normal” music, not “your” music.

    • Una says:

      Yes, I could write a book about my time in London where I originate, and the thumping beat music through my floor and the drunken parties. An 82 year old, who probably has impaired hearing, is punished. Bet nothing would have happened if he had listened to Rock! I have lost count the number of times I I had the ‘noise pollution people’ out from Tower Hamlets Council and to no avail. Noise is noise but at 82 … we will all be that age one day if we get there. There are other ways than locking up people who are not a danger to society and possibly not just old, bit deaf and don’t know it. Giving people benefit of the doubt always the best start. Between 11pm and 6am is the re test, certainly in London.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      He didn’t “accidently” play the music too loud because he was a little deaf…he deliberately and knowingly played it loudly because he didn’t care about whether it annoyed other people…and despite the courts having told him on several occasions not to do so. Jail is absolutely the right consequence.

  • Think says:

    Would it not have been easier and saved the tax payer large sums of money if they had just confiscated his stereo? After being in jail 24 weeks, he’ll come out a hardened criminal and really wreak havoc on his neighbourhood!

    • John Borstlap says:

      In jail he will have formed bonds with other aural criminals and plan further assaults on the quietness of modern society. It is even possible they will discuss setting-up a ‘Loudness State’ and recrute youngsters from the big cities who got frustrated by the calmness of their families.

  • V.Lind says:

    He sounds like an ornery old sod, but harder crims have walked away with much softer sentence. Problem is, he has been convicted and jailed before, and he marched right out and started doing it again. Surely the do-gooders can come up with a solution?

  • christopher storey says:

    At a time when respect for our judiciary is already at a low ebb, this sort of sentence only drags its reputation further down the trail to anarchy. Quite apart from anything else, what sort of evidence of breach is it that requires the ( presumably ) phone camera to be held close to the wall so as to hear CFM ?

    I imagine an appeal to Liverpool Crown Court may result in some embarrassing reading for the District Judge who passed the sentence

  • Lydia Wahlberg says:

    What about we innocents that have to hear today’s sounds (I refuse to call it music)? If we complain the sound only gets louder. I from the USA. Does this only happen in this country?
    Also, I had to search to see who won Grammys in the classical categories.
    What is happening to this world where rap/crap seem to rule?

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  • anon says:

    He should have got better lawyers. This is the sort of issue that has outrageous double standards.

    I live in a town centre, and suffer the noise of a nearby night-club almost every Friday and Saturday night well after 23:00 (11pm), which is the legal definition of “night” according my understanding of the law on noise pollution. I have complained repeatedly to the local council, and, despite a few sympathetic words (including a Licensing Officer admitting that the licence was granted against his advice), no concrete action has been taken. I suspect the reason is that the club has impressive lawyers, and the council is under-resourced for dealing with noise complaints.

    So, I resorted to buying a domain-name similar to that of the night-club, in the hope that potential customers will stumble upon it and heed my plea to “vote with your feet”:

    Please spread the word.