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Bells at church may be silenced

Church bells which have rung out for hundreds of years may be silenced after complaints they are a "nuisance".

Environmental health officers are investigating the noise from the bells in St Peter and Paul's Church, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

Rev Nigel Hartley said about 20 people had complained about the ringing on Sunday afternoons.

He said that if officials uphold complaints, churches across the UK may have to consider the implications.

Mr Hartley said the bells had been used to call people to worship and for at least 500 years.

Suffolk Coastal District Council said a complaint had been received and officers were duty-bound to investigate.

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