August 17, 2007 / 3:30 PM / 10 years ago

Priest fined for early morning bell-ringing

<p>A man works in a bell tower of a colonial church in the neighborhood of Tlatelolco, in Mexico City, November 2004. A Dutch priest has been fined 5,000 euros ($6,800) for ringing his church bells too loudly in the morning. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch priest has been fined 5,000 euros ($6,800) 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, a spokesman for the town council said.

This prompted dozens of complaints from residents and the council in the southern town agreed the priest was breaking the rules.

“The priest can ring his bells whenever he likes but he has to keep within noise regulations. People don’t appreciate it,” the spokesman said.

The priest risks further fines if he continues.

“We are still trying to find ways to make him stop,” the spokesman said.

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