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Dutch priest fined for early morning bell-ringing

Date 23 Aug 2007
Author The Editor

A Dutch priest has been fined 5,000 euros (£3,382) for ringing his church bells too loudly in the morning. The Catholic priest began ringing the bells at just after seven in the morning soon after arriving in Tilburg about six months ago, according to Reuters. This prompted dozens of complaints from residents and the council in the southern town agreed the priest was breaking the rules. The priest risks further fines if he continues.

A town council spokesman said: "The priest can ring his bells whenever he likes but he has to keep within noise regulations. People don't appreciate it. We are still trying to find ways to make him stop."

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