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In England, the Rugby Borough Council has ordered David Bavington to remove a one-inch wide wind chime from his back garden or face legal action. After a complaint, the council investigated and determined the chime to be a "statutory nuisance" because it tinkles too loudly when the wind blows. "It does cost a lot of money—about £1,000 for something like this—but it is our job. People become very concerned about noises or anything else that intrudes into their lives from their neighbors' gardens," said Sean Lawson, an environmental officer for the council.