Devon village Noss Mayo descends into fight brawl after bell-ringing competition triggers complaints

Mail Online | 6/5/2019 | Lara Keay For Mailonline
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A villager who tried to storm a church tower hosting a bell-ringing festival in a sleepy seaside village has hit out at the 'unholy cacophony' being produced at the event.

An annual bell-ringing competition has taken place in different churches across south Devon for the last 50 years, and this year's event took place in the picturesque hamlet of Noss Mayo - often nicknamed Chelsea-on-Sea due to London residents staying there on holidays and weekends.

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But things took an unexpected turn when 62-year-old Jeremy Brown arrived up at St Peter's Church complaining someone had parked on his drive.

Mr Brown, who lives in a large detached house just opposite, today said he wants to silence the bells forever, adding that he was still furious and said he would be taking further action.

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He said: 'There was an unholy cacophony of appalling bell ringing of noise levels exceeding 100db.

'It has been a noise nuisance since the bells were rehung in 2017. There was absolutely no warning of it, a relative is a doctor and couldn't get up the drive.

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'We had elderly people up here and when the bell ringers where asked politely to move a vehicle... no car could turn, it takes three minutes for someone to die.'

Mr Brown had stormed into the church demanding access to the bell tower so he could speak to the bell-ringers himself.

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Locals at the event claimed 'grown men started thumping each other' as children screamed in terror and the man was 'dragged away kicking and screaming'.

One villager said: 'This man, in his late sixties, came in complaining about a bell-ringer's car being parked across his drive.

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'He started demanding to know whose car it was and when it transpired it was one of the team-members who was actually ringing at that moment in the tower, he attempted...
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