'Awful' former police station alarm rang for more than 50 hours

‘Awful’ former police station alarm rang for more than 50 hours, forcing holidaymakers away from Bakewell

  •  Town councillor Mark Wakeman described the noise as ‘awful’, ‘No apology’
  • A boutique hotel had to turn guests away because of the incessant noise 
  • It began at 11am on Saturday but was not silenced until before 4pm on Monday

Residents breathed a sigh of relief last night when an alarm in a former police station was finally turned off after ringing out for more than 50 hours.

Bosses at a nearby boutique hotel in Bakewell, Derbyshire, had to turn guests away because of the incessant noise which began at 11am on Saturday.

Business owners called police but were reportedly told there was only one keyholder who would not be available until Monday. It was finally silenced shortly before 4pm yesterday.

Councillor Wakeman, said: ‘The nearby hotel has been the worse affected as they’ve lost business and had people walking out.’

Town councillor Mark Wakeman described the noise as ‘awful’, adding: ‘It’s just not good enough. They simply went in, turned it off and left. No apology.’

The police station – the last in the Peak District – was closed in 2015.

The issue caused such a stir that the local newspaper even started a live blog on its website about the alarm before it was finally silenced.

Councillor Wakeman, added: ‘The nearby hotel has been the worse affected as they’ve lost business and had people walking out.

‘I’ve always spoke highly of our police but after this weekend I’ve lost all faith.’

Business owners called police but were told there was only one keyholder who would not be available until Monday so the alarm was finally silenced shortly before 4pm on Monday

Helen Butterworth, who works in the Granby Cafe, directly around the corner from the station, said: ‘What makes it worse is that [it was] market day, which is one of the busiest days in Bakewell, so all the outdoor traders have had to listen to it.

‘I’m sure if it was a business, the police would be up in arms and out straight away responding to complaints.’

Charlie Marsden from The Boutique Hotel in Bakewell said the alarm was so loud that it had had to stop selling rooms that were nearest to the station.

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