John Profumo’s stepson loses bid to silence song competition close to Devon 2d house

The aristocratic step-son of John Profumo has misplaced his bid to silence a song competition which was once happening at a farm neighbouring his 2d house in Devon. 

Sir Mark Havelock-Allan QC, the fifth Baronet of Lucknow, complained that the ‘dub-dub-dub’ bass noise travelled throughout Dorset’s Bride Valley, destroying his peace and quiet.

Sir Mark, whose movie celebrity mom Valerie Hobson’s 2d husband was once the disgraced battle minister concerned within the Christine Keeler scandal, mentioned the sound was once so intrusive he and his spouse, Dame Alison Foster, felt they had been ‘pushed out’ on competition weekends, opting to stick at their London place of abode as an alternative.

The retired crown courtroom pass judgement on was once one in all a number of native citizens who complained in regards to the loud song and the glare of laser lighting within the night time sky from Bredy Farm, close to Burton Bradstock, to Dorset Council.

Another complainant was once a lady whose Airbnb visitors mentioned their vacations were blighted by way of the noise.

The native authority prosecuted farm proprietor Charles Harris and his spouse Dr Abigail Charlsworth for breaching a noise abatement realize.

Sir Mark Havelock-Allan QC, the fifth Baronet of Lucknow, misplaced his fight to silence a mini song competition on a  neighbouring farm which he mentioned destroyed his peace and quiet 

Sir Mark's second home (pictured) is near Bredy Farm

Sir Mark’s 2d house (pictured) is close to Bredy Farm

Sir Mark said that the festival had been 'particularly intrusive not just the throb of the base - the dub-dub-dub across the valley - but you could hear the lyrics'

Sir Mark mentioned that the competition were ‘specifically intrusive now not simply the throb of the bottom – the dub-dub-dub around the valley – however it is advisable to pay attention the lyrics’

But in spite of the band of locals lining as much as give proof in opposition to Bredy Farm, magistrates discovered the couple now not responsible.

Mr Harris and Dr Charlsworth, a vet, had been ready to turn that the noise from the mini-festival the case was once fought over didn’t exceed the decibel prohibit in the past agreed by way of Dorset Council.

Afterwards they mentioned the case in opposition to them were an act of ‘natural nimbysim’ and the 3 day trial was once a waste of taxpayers’ cash.

Having gained their case they’re hoping to recoup a few of their prison charges from Dorset Council, which runs to £30,000.

Dorset Council paid nearly £9,000 in bringing the failed prosecution.

Mr Harris, 38, mentioned: ‘In our view, the prosecution was once a complete waste of taxpayers cash and an act of natural nimbyism at its best.

‘Some of the native citizens had been in opposition to it from the get-go.

‘We had been mindful that neighbours had complained ahead of we began, pronouncing that the world was once now not an acceptable position for are living song occasions. They did not need anything else to ruin their tranquility. Yet there are a large number of more youthful individuals who are living within the space who wish to do stuff as smartly.’

Mr Harris’ circle of relatives has owned Bredy Farm for 76 years. Covering 260 acres it farms pedigree red meat and makes its personal cider.

In 2015 he and Dr Charlsworth made up our minds to diversify and made up our minds to degree mini-music gala’s at the website that provides a herbal amphitheatre set into the rolling hills.

Since then they have got placed on 3 occasions a yr, attracting round 500 visitors at a time with tenting on website additionally introduced.

But the Bride Valley, that sits above the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site, could also be a well-liked spot for 2d house owners and staycationers.

One of the ones is Sir Mark who, together with his 2d spouse, a High Court pass judgement on, owns a house within the space. At the time the valuables, which is close to Bredy Farm, was once used as a 2d house to their major area in south London.

Giving proof Sir Mark, 71, advised Weymouth Magistrates’ Court, how the noise from the song competition in August 2019 was once so intrusive he needed to shut all his doorways and home windows.

He mentioned: ‘When they first began in 2015 the noise become noticeable. We attempted to not be on the area on competition weekends.

‘At one level we knew there was once going to be a competition and we selected to not be there. We felt like we had been pushed out.

‘The Witsun (May 2019) one was once now not intrusive so we had been positive that the issue were solved.

‘But on one of the crucial evenings in 2019 it was once specifically intrusive now not simply the throb of the bottom – the dub-dub-dub around the valley – however it is advisable to pay attention the lyrics.

‘Myself, my spouse and my elder daughter had been on the area. The song was once intrusively loud. It was once nonetheless audible even with all of the home windows close.

‘It’s now not that I do not just like the song – even though it’s not specifically to my style – it was once simply that it was once destroying the peace and quiet.

‘There’s not anything you’ll be able to pay attention in any respect with the exception of the waves of Chesil Beach – it’s splendidly quiet. The wonderful thing about the Bride Valley and its closeness to the coast – it’s the most beautiful a part of Dorset. The nation-state is superb’.

Andrew and Christine Bailey hire out vacation cottages on their neighbouring farm. Mr Bailey described the noise at the August 2019 weekend.

Dorset Council paid almost £9,000 in bringing the failed prosecution. Mr Harris (pictured) was found not guilty

Dorset Council paid nearly £9,000 in bringing the failed prosecution. Mr Harris (pictured) was once discovered now not responsible

Charles Harris pictured with his partner Dr Abigail Charlsworth

Charles Harris pictured together with his spouse Dr Abigail Charlsworth

He mentioned: ‘The song was once loud with a specifically intrusive base notice. We needed to retreat indoors. We may pay attention each and every phrase being sung – it wasn’t conceivable to get to sleep.

‘The handiest manner we can have a right kind dialog was once to head indoors. The manner we controlled to drown out the song was once to near the home windows and switch up the TV.

‘It led to a large number of tension by way of distinctive feature of disturbed sleep. We must upward push early on account of the farm so it had an have an effect on on the next day to come as a complete.

‘The visitors complained to us adore it was once our fault.’

Joanna Clatworthy, of Lower Sturthill Farm – close to the defendants’ belongings, complained in regards to the ‘base’ of the song and the ‘mild air pollution’ from laser lighting at the degree which disturbed her holidaying visitors.

She mentioned: ‘Most individuals who come right here wish to break out from puts like London.

‘I’ve to apologise to visitors that it’s out of my regulate. It is a type of issues you’ll be able to’t do anything else about. It is embarrassing, nerve-racking and needless. I do not believe it’s anything else we will have to must do’.

But Mr Harris criticised Dorset Council for bringing the prosecution, claiming they did so in keeping with the neighbours’ proceedings and now not noise tracking apparatus.

He mentioned they employed an impartial noise marketing consultant to observe the August 2019 tournament.

Mr Harris mentioned: ‘The disturbance was once by no means witnessed or monitored by way of the council, they simply depended on recordings.

‘There was once an abatement realize served on us after a 2016 tournament which caused 20 proceedings. Our occasions are relatively on the mercy of the elements. We are in a valley and the noise travels when there may be completely no wind.

‘After that we had a noise marketing consultant are available they usually helped us produce a noise plan that the council had been proud of. The plans was once that if we went at a degree of 15 decibels over ambient noise ranges we had been in breach of the attention.

‘In August 2019 the wind was once nonetheless and there have been plenty of proceedings.

‘We had requested Dorset Council’s environmental well being officials to come back out to it however they refused. We logged the noise tracking ranges all over the development they usually were given to 8 decibels above ambient noise ranges.

Charles Harris, pictured at Bredy Farm, said the prosecution 'was a total waste of taxpayers' money and an act of pure nimbyism at its finest'

Charles Harris, pictured at Bredy Farm, mentioned the prosecution ‘was once a complete waste of taxpayers’ cash and an act of natural nimbyism at its best’

John Profumo, Parliamentary under-secretary (right) holding his son David with his wife, actress Valerie Hobson (left) and her son from her first marriage, Anthony Mark Havelock Allan (centre) who is now the 5th Baronet Mark Havelock Allan

John Profumo, Parliamentary under-secretary (proper) preserving his son David together with his spouse, actress Valerie Hobson (left) and her son from her first marriage, Anthony Mark Havelock Allan (centre) who’s now the fifth Baronet Mark Havelock Allan

John Profumo is pictured with his wife, actress Valerie Hobson, in 1958. The pair remained married after his affair with Keeler emerged

John Profumo is pictured together with his spouse, actress Valerie Hobson, in 1958. The pair remained married after his affair with Keeler emerged

Rarely-seen photos of Profumo scandal mistress Christine Keeler have emerged for sale at auction. Above: The model is seen posing in a sleeveless white dress with a glass of champagne next to her

Rarely-seen pictures of Profumo scandal mistress Christine Keeler have emerged on the market at public sale. Above: The type is viewed posing in a sleeveless white get dressed with a tumbler of champagne subsequent to her

‘So we had a 3 day trial simply to turn out our innocence.

‘As smartly because the monetary prices, we have now had the strain of being beneath consistent scrutiny.’

A spokesperson for Dorset Council mentioned: ‘Under the Environmental Protection Act, Councils have an obligation to research proceedings about noise to resolve whether or not a ‘statutory nuisance’ exists.

‘Following the August 2019 tournament at Bredy Farm, the council won proceedings from plenty of native citizens who had been disturbed by way of the noise.

‘Following investigation, Dorset Council decided there were a statutory nuisance, which intended that the noise abatement realize, already in position following previous occasions, were contravened. As a outcome, the council made up our minds to take courtroom motion.

‘Despite Dorset Council filing proof, together with from affected citizens and noise recordings, the magistrates felt it was once inadequate to state, past all cheap doubt, {that a} ‘statutory nuisance’ had existed.

‘Whilst that they had each and every sympathy for the complainants, they discovered in favour of the defendant.

‘Dorset Council accepts the decision of the magistrates, and we estimate the price of bringing those complaints to courtroom was once round £10,500.

‘It is was hoping that identical enforcement motion at Bredy Farm may not be important sooner or later, for the reason that the organisers have invested in noise decreasing measures because the August 2019 tournament.’

Who was once Christine Keeler and what was once the Profumo affair?

Born in Middlesex, Christine Keeler moved to London as a young person and started operating at Murray’s Cabaret Club in Soho. 

It was once there she met Dr Stephen Ward, a high-flying London osteopath and fixer who ‘procured women’ for main individuals of the Establishment, who presented her to Conservative Minister John Profumo whilst at a celebration thrown by way of Lord and Lady Astor in 1961.

The pair hit the headlines after seven photographs had been fired at Ward’s area in a quiet Marylebone mews by way of a jilted boyfriend of Keeler a yr later in December 1962.

Ms Keeler's other lovers have included A-Team actor George Peppard, legendary womaniser Warren Beatty and Prisoner of Zenda star Douglas Fairbanks Jr

Ms Keeler’s different fans have incorporated A-Team actor George Peppard, mythical womaniser Warren Beatty and Prisoner of Zenda celebrity Douglas Fairbanks Jr

Ms Keeler, pictured, met Conservative minister Profumo - 27 years her senior - after leaving her home in Middlesex and working at Murray's Cabaret Club in Soho

Ms Keeler, pictured, met Conservative minister Profumo – 27 years her senior – after leaving her house in Middlesex and dealing at Murray’s Cabaret Club in Soho

Ms Keeler, pictured right, in a vehicle with her friend Mandy Rice-Davies, who was also implicated in the scandal surrounding the affair

Ms Keeler, pictured proper, in a car together with her pal Mandy Rice-Davies, who was once additionally implicated within the scandal surrounding the affair

It emerged the then 19-year-old Keeler were drowsing with former Secretary of State for War John Profumo, then 48, and on the identical time a good-looking Russian secret agent Evgeny Ivanov.

But when the inside track broke, Profumo lied to the House of Commons about his affair. He was once quickly discovered and Keeler offered her tale to the News of The World for £23,000.

In June 1963, he give up in shame, amid allegations Keeler were requested by way of Ivanov to find from the War Minister when the West Germans would possibly obtain U.S. nuclear missiles to be stationed on their soil.

Profumo were a emerging celebrity of the Tory Party, with regards to Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, a favoured customer at Buckingham Palace, a battle hero and the speeding husband of actress Valerie Hobson, one of the crucial nice beauties of her day.

Ms Keeler, whose different fans have incorporated A-Team actor George Peppard, mythical womaniser Warren Beatty and Prisoner of Zenda celebrity Douglas Fairbanks Jr, mentioned in an interview years later that the Establishment was once way more excited by portray it as a intercourse scandal and selected to forget about whispered claims of a standard spying community. 

Christine died elderly 75 in December 2017.

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