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Elvis impersonator fined £9k for singing at home

Elvis impersonator fined £9k for singing at home

An Elvis Presley impersonator who left neighbours 'All Shook Up' by belting out classics from the King of Rock 'n' Roll late at night has been handed a £9,000 fine.

Dean Holland, 45, regularly live-streamed his performances of classic rock tunes to fans in the US in the early hours from the kitchen of his two-bed semi.

But neighbours quickly complained about the din and Environmental Health officials issued him with a noise abatement order telling him to pipe down.

However, Dean continued to perform from his home in Bradford, West Yorks., and magistrates later issued a warrant allowing officials to enter his home.

They seized two TVs, a jukebox, speakers and DJ equipment.

Last month Dean and partner Katie Mooney, 33, were fined a total of £9,000 for breaching the order.

Dean, who travels the UK to perform at gigs, birthday parties and weddings, today (Mon) claimed he had only fallen foul of the law because his neighbours don't like Elvis Presley.

He said: "I believe this has more to do with just noise, the neighbours have not liked us from day one.

"I'm in a very difficult position here because this is my job." Father-of-one Dean often performs at nursing homes for elderly residents but at night he will gig across Yorkshire and beyond, sometimes not getting in til 3am at weekends.

His next door neighbours are an Asian couple with one child.

He added: "I just don't think they like Elvis.

I have never had complaints anywhere else.

"I always say to my neighbours that if what I'm doing causes a problem then come round and talk to me.

"But they have never been to see me, they've never let me know they had a problem with what I do.

"The first I knew about it was when I got a phone call from the Environmental Health team.

"The next thing, they're turning up a month or so later and taking all my things.

"I have been told I cannot get any of my equipment back, which is a great upset as there are two hard drives there with a lifetime of music stored on them.

"There are also photographs of my late father, who was the one who raised me on Elvis' music, stored on there.

I have lost so much." Dean admits he can often be singing into the early hours of the morning as he would perform live-streamed concerts to fans in America.

He added: "Unfortunately we are in different time zones so when I perform for an international audience it can be antisocial hours.

"I perform as guest singers on Facebook Elvis fan pages, so I will set myself up in the kitchen and put on an hour-long concert.

"I don't get paid for this.

"I do this to bring the fans together, to reach out to those who are lonely or can't get out of the house." Dean often uses his talent to raise money for charities.

His Elvis tribute career began around 15 years ago when he was goaded into singing a song at his then wife's 30th birthday.

A friend asked if he would perform at a gig, and the rest is history.

Dean said: "I love all Elvis' hits - I couldn't pick a favourite.

All the classics like jailhouse rock, love me tender and blue suede shoes.

"But now feel I am being persecuted for working late nights, I am now scared to make noise when I come home from work in the early hours." Dean could not attend court as Katie had an operation to remove cataracts on her eyes the day before.

He added: "I am going to appeal this decision because I rang the court to tell them I couldn't make it but they went ahead without us." Bradford Magistrates Court found five charges of breaches against each of the two defendants proved.

The couple were each fined £750 for each of the five offences.

They were also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £75 each and costs of £863.

Full costs of £1,726 were awarded, half each from both the defendants.

This amounts to £4,688 each or £9,376 in total, excluding the value of the forfeited audio and video equipment - which Dean puts at around £3,000.

Councillor Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: "Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated anywhere in the Bradford district and we all deserve to live in an environment where we act reasonably and responsibly towards each other and the local community." The neighbours refused to comment.

But Dean's neighbour at the other side, Noreen Akhtar, said: "Dean is a lovely, lovely man.

He has been nothing but kind and friendly towards me.

"He's always checking that he's not too loud and I have never had a problem.

It is such a shame because it is his livelihood.

This must be awful for him."

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Elvis impersonator fined £9k for singing at home

An Elvis Presley impersonator who left neighbours 'All Shook Up' by belting out classics from the King of Rock 'n' Roll late at night has been handed a £9,000 fine.

Dean Holland, 45, regularly live-streamed his performances of classic rock tunes to fans in the US in the early hours from the kitchen of his two-bed semi.

But neighbours quickly complained about the din and Environmental Health officials issued him with a noise abatement order telling him to pipe down.

However, Dean continued to perform from his home in Bradford, West Yorks., and magistrates later issued a warrant allowing officials to enter his home.

They seized two TVs, a jukebox, speakers and DJ equipment.

Last month Dean and partner Katie Mooney, 33, were fined a total of £9,000 for breaching the order.

Dean, who travels the UK to perform at gigs, birthday parties and weddings, today (Mon) claimed he had only fallen foul of the law because his neighbours don't like Elvis Presley.

He said: "I believe this has more to do with just noise, the neighbours have not liked us from day one.

"I'm in a very difficult position here because this is my job." Father-of-one Dean often performs at nursing homes for elderly residents but at night he will gig across Yorkshire and beyond, sometimes not getting in til 3am at weekends.

His next door neighbours are an Asian couple with one child.

He added: "I just don't think they like Elvis.

I have never had complaints anywhere else.

"I always say to my neighbours that if what I'm doing causes a problem then come round and talk to me.

"But they have never been to see me, they've never let me know they had a problem with what I do.

"The first I knew about it was when I got a phone call from the Environmental Health team.

"The next thing, they're turning up a month or so later and taking all my things.

"I have been told I cannot get any of my equipment back, which is a great upset as there are two hard drives there with a lifetime of music stored on them.

"There are also photographs of my late father, who was the one who raised me on Elvis' music, stored on there.

I have lost so much." Dean admits he can often be singing into the early hours of the morning as he would perform live-streamed concerts to fans in America.

He added: "Unfortunately we are in different time zones so when I perform for an international audience it can be antisocial hours.

"I perform as guest singers on Facebook Elvis fan pages, so I will set myself up in the kitchen and put on an hour-long concert.

"I don't get paid for this.

"I do this to bring the fans together, to reach out to those who are lonely or can't get out of the house." Dean often uses his talent to raise money for charities.

His Elvis tribute career began around 15 years ago when he was goaded into singing a song at his then wife's 30th birthday.

A friend asked if he would perform at a gig, and the rest is history.

Dean said: "I love all Elvis' hits - I couldn't pick a favourite.

All the classics like jailhouse rock, love me tender and blue suede shoes.

"But now feel I am being persecuted for working late nights, I am now scared to make noise when I come home from work in the early hours." Dean could not attend court as Katie had an operation to remove cataracts on her eyes the day before.

He added: "I am going to appeal this decision because I rang the court to tell them I couldn't make it but they went ahead without us." Bradford Magistrates Court found five charges of breaches against each of the two defendants proved.

The couple were each fined £750 for each of the five offences.

They were also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £75 each and costs of £863.

Full costs of £1,726 were awarded, half each from both the defendants.

This amounts to £4,688 each or £9,376 in total, excluding the value of the forfeited audio and video equipment - which Dean puts at around £3,000.

Councillor Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: "Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated anywhere in the Bradford district and we all deserve to live in an environment where we act reasonably and responsibly towards each other and the local community." The neighbours refused to comment.

But Dean's neighbour at the other side, Noreen Akhtar, said: "Dean is a lovely, lovely man.

He has been nothing but kind and friendly towards me.

"He's always checking that he's not too loud and I have never had a problem.

It is such a shame because it is his livelihood.

This must be awful for him."




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