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Anti-Noise Squad Causes Ruckus

October 26, 1999

CREWKERNE, England (AP) _ Two members of an anti-noise squad have resigned after a raucous late-night birthday party that kept town residents awake.

Police stormed the party in this southwest England town only to find the mayor and the chairman and vice chairman of the town council’s noise abatement committee in attendance.

That’s not too surprising considering the venue for the bash: the town hall.

The party was thrown two weeks ago by the noise committee’s vice chairman, Angie Singleton, who was censured by the council Monday and forced to step down.

Hilary Leamon, a guest at the 50th birthday party for Singleton’s husband, resigned as the noise committee’s chairman, saying she felt she needed to do so to keep the respect of the town’s residents. The town’s mayor, Mike Best, also apologized.

Mrs. Singleton had hired three bands to play at the party, and residents also complained of whoops and shrieks coming from the hall.

She issued a statement Tuesday saying, ``I must apologize unreservedly to my fellow councilors following the embarrassment and trouble I may have caused.″

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