‘I’m enjoying myself, you’d better call the psychiatric unit!’ Moment that villager, 62, launched furious sit-down protest over sleepy village’s bell-ringing festival that ended in violent ding-dong
- Footage shows Jeremy Brown, 62, reacting angrily to ‘unholy cacophony’ of bells
- The flash-point was sparked when Brown stormed into the church in Devon
- He tried to scale the bell-tower to confront the ringer and was involved in a brawl
This is the moment a man launched a protest at the noise of a bell-ringing festival that led to violent scenes within the church of one of Britain’s poshest villages.
The footage, which was filmed by a local reporter, shows Jeremy Brown, 62, reacting angrily to what he described as the ‘unholy cacophony’ of bells.
The flash-point was sparked when Brown stormed into the church and accused a competitor of blocking his drive with their car.
He then tried to scale the bell-tower to confront the ringer and was involved in a wrestle with at least two other attendees.
A churchgoer in the well-heeled Devon village looks bemused as Brown stages a sit down protest
Jeremy Brown, 62, stormed into the church demanding access to the bell tower so he could speak to the bell-ringers himself
Witnesses said they saw scenes of violence in the normally peaceful and upmarket village of Noss Mayo in Devon.
The clip shows Mr Brown lying on the ground of St Peter’s Church and launching a furious tirade at the bell-ringers.
Sitting in the doorway of the church, he told them: ‘I am sick in tired of you wrecking my peace and quiet. I really am. I am enjoying myself right now, I really am.
‘You better call the psychiatric unit while you are at it.’
The clip shows Mr Brown lying on the ground of St Peter’s Church and launching a furious tirade at the bell-ringers. He is said to have also attempted to scale the bell tower
Things took an unexpectedly violent turn at a bell-ringing contest in Devon last week at St Peter’s Church in Noss Mayo (pictured)
Someone can be heard replying to the man, staging the sit down protest, saying: ‘I think you’ll need it.’
Reporter Rob Heyland was covering the event for South Hams Newspapers. He describes the vicious moment the small village was shook to its core.
He said: ‘Just as Holbeton ‘B’ began their changes, a man burst out of the bright sunshine at the church door and into the shadows of the nave in a state of some distress, shouting and swearing.
‘Someone exhorted him to ‘calm down and behave himself in the house of God’, but to no effect.
Pictured: St Peter’s Church in Noss Mayo, Devon. The bell-ringing event is hosted by a different church in the South Hams area of Devon every year
‘In fact the shouting grew in volume and it became clear that the man, who lived just above the church, was upset about a car ‘blocking the road’.
‘He was assured that, when the owner could be identified, the car would be moved. He was not mollified and, certain the guilty party was one of the ringers, started towards the bell tower, professing equal hatred of bad parkers and bellringers.
‘At this point the burly figure of Ryan Trout stepped in to block the way, but the protester was not to be stopped in his determination to climb the tower and confront the ringers.
Sitting in the doorway of the church, he told churchgoers: ‘I am sick in tired of you wrecking my peace and quiet. I really am. I am enjoying myself right now, I really am’
Pictured: The driveway of the man who claimed it was blocked by a bell-ringer’s car
‘At this point the conflict turned physical, with the pair wrestling before another man joined Mr Trout.
‘The tea ladies were diving for cover, trying to rescue flying crockery as they did so, with a small child bursting into tears.
The elderly neighbour stormed into the church (pictured) demanding access to the bell tower so he could speak to the bell-ringers himself
‘The intruder was finally manhandled from the vestry.’
Speaking after the incident, Mr Brown, who lives in a large detached house just opposite the church, 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.
‘When asked to move (the vehicle) they said they would do it at the end of the competition.
‘They were uncooperative, that is it. They had blocked the road, exceeded noise levels.
‘A complaint will be going in. It is a disgrace that they treat this village as a play ground.
‘If they wish to make allegations they should do so to the police and the fact that they have not done so is just up to them.
‘They have a lot of injuries to account for.
‘They can claim what they like, I have no comment to make.
‘All I can tell you is that they blocked the road, they created a four hour noise nuisance without warning. A noise abatement order will be requested by the council which will ruin bell ringing in that church because they behaved so unreasonably.’
Pictured: St Peter’s Church in Noss Mayo, Devon. Some residents were perfectly happy with the event taking place near their homes, with one describing the bells as a ‘wonderful sound’
The once-peaceful community – where a terraced home sells on average for more than £500,000 – has been rocked by a serious of disputes as it also emerged that a scathing note was left on a Mercedes window.
It was parked in a narrow lane behind a pub on the waterside.
The author of the angry message wrote: ‘Well done you inconsiderate T**T. Can an emergency vehicle get through? NO! Can the vehicle opposite or behind get out? NO!’
Residents say that as their village grows in popularity, parking in some of its narrow lanes has become a major problem.
Mr Brown, a retired lecturer, who lives in a large detached house opposite St Peter’s Church said he reacted to both the ‘inconsiderate’ parking and what he described as an ‘unholy cacophony’ of bell-ringing that went on for four hours.
An angry resident of Noss Mayo, south Devon has posted a furiously-worded note on the windscreen of a Mercedes (pictured). The author of the note complained that the owner of the car had inconveniently parked in a narrow lane behind a pub on the waterside
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