Ding dong bell, mad as hell
LONDON: An angry pensioner trapped a group of bellringers in a North Yorkshire church tower after their continuous ringing made him angry.
The unidentified man is thought to have taken revenge against the bellringers after enduring two-thirds of a threehour peal of bells.
He scaled two flights of steps inside St John the Divine Church in Sharow, near Ripon, before peering through a trap door and unleashing a tirade of abuse.
Having vented his spleen, he headed home – but not before jamming the trap door shut with a piece of wood, the York Press reported. His victims, a six-strong group of expert bellringers from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, were trapped for half an hour before parishioner Sandra Price heard them stamping on the floor. She freed them.
“The ringers were relieved to see me. They said they had been about two-thirds of the way through their peal when a man appeared, shouting and swearing. All they could tell me was that he was between 60 and 70, was thin, had an angular face and was wearing a green and white check shirt,” Price said.
Villagers are now wondering whether it’s the same man who waged a hate campaign against local bellringers a few years ago. A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police confirmed that a complaint had been lodged. – orange news