You could be committing a crime and see yourself slapped with a hefty fine simply by crying or arguing in your own home if you live in the British town of Newcastle-Under-Lyme.
A Freedom of Information request by The Sun has found that residents of the town in Staffordshire, England are forbidden from crying, arguing or banging loudly in their own home.
This is due to Community Protection Notices (CPNs), which are issued by local councils to prevent residents from disrupting their neighbours’ everyday life.
The rules were introduced by Prime Minister Theresa May when she was a secretary on the British Cabinet in 2014 and could be applied to anyone above the age of 16.
The council in the Newcastle-Under-Lyme area gave one resident a notice to “not to create any wailing, jabbering, crying and hammering on the wall type noises” in December 2015 after a neighbour complained.
It said that the noises should not be “capable of being heard outside of any property that (the neighbour) may reside at any time of the day and night”.
The council added that it hasn’t since had any reports of the notice being breached, and said that it hasn’t issued any fines so far.
Yet if individuals are served a CPN and fail to comply, they face an on-the-spot fine of £100 ($AU183) or a fine of up to £2500 ($AU4569) if prosecuted.
Meanwhile, businesses can be fined up to a whopping £20,000 ($AU36,553).
The Sun contacted the Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough Council for a comment.
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Originally published as $4600 fine for crying in your home