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Council accused of being 'two-faced' over boy's bagpipes ban.

A schoolboy yesterday hit out at a council after he was threatened with being banned from practising the bagpipes outside his home.

Officials have told Andrew Caulfield, aged 13, to pipe down because the noise is upsetting his neighbours in Paisley, Renfrewshire. But Renfrewshire Council insisted it simply wanted to resolve the neighbourhood dispute amicably.

Yesterday the youngster said council chiefs previously asked him to go around schools showing children how to play.

He said the request from the council has come as part of a pounds 30,000 plan for teaching piping in Paisley.

His mother Elaine accused the council of being "two-faced". "They want my son to do things and get involved in Renfrewshire Council initiatives, and they want him to do ceilidhs and Burns Suppers," she said.

She said her son had practised at home during the daytime and early evenings.

"The next step, after they banned him, was that we bought a small set of pipes, butt he neighbour complained about that and did not want any musical instrument played at all," she said.

"We got a letter under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, saying they will take enforcement action," she said. "I phoned and asked them what enforcement action, and they said an abatement notice."

But a spokeswoman for Renfrewshire Council said reports that the pupil had been banned from playing and had been threatened with an anti-social behaviour order were over the top
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Dec 10, 2005
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