A NIGHTMARE neighbour who was fined £12,000 for keeping a house full of unruly dogs has been hit a criminal behaviour order.

This week Basildon Magistrates’ Court was presented with evidence deemed so serious that a 10 year order was handed out.

Abdullah Al-Hassan Chowdhury, who was found guilty for a breach of noise abatement notice last June, had been keeping up to 20 dogs at a house in Lea Road, Chadwell St Mary.

The order means Mr Chowdhury must not bring onto, or keep, any animals within any residential address, use any residential address for commercial or business purposes, or engage in any threatening or abusive behaviour.

Leader of Thurrock Council, Rob Gledhill said: “This is one of the most serious noise nuisance cases relating to dogs barking that the council has ever investigated.

“Our environment protection team worked tirelessly with the local community, RSPCA and Essex Police to ensure this thoughtless individual was brought to justice. What people living near this house had to endure is downright unacceptable and the council will continue to take whatever action is necessary to protect our residents from all forms of nuisance.”