A woman in Ipswich, England, a small town about 60 miles north of London, filed a report with the Ipswich Borough Council, claiming she has been woken on an almost nightly basis by a tinny, distant rendition of ‘It’s Raining, It’s Pouring’.
Here’s what it sounded like (you’ve been warned):
Early one morning, after being woken once again by the music, the woman called the council’s rapid response team.
The team tracked the music music down to a nearby industrial operation at a neighboring estate where the music was playing through a loud speaker. The team admitted that the song sounded very eerie at that time of night.
The music was actually designed to act as a deterrent to trespassers and was activated by motion sensors. A spokesman from the site said: “The sound is only supposed to act as a deterrent for opportunistic thieves that come onto our property, and it’s designed only to be heard by people on our private land.”
Apparently the motion sensors were being triggered by spiders crawling across the lenses of the cameras and it looks like the volume was turned up too loudly. (as if the song wasn’t creepy enough – this image of the spiders might give the woman a whole new set of nightmares).
The operators have adjusted the system so that hopefully the problem goes away. The company has also agreed to use the woman who filed the complaint as a tester for the security system, to make sure she does not hear it again.
As you might imagine, the woman, who has two young children, is quite relieved.
“It was waking me up in the night, it was absolutely terrifying. I heard it at all times of the night – 1am, 2am, 4am – it was sporadic, sometimes it would play once, other times it was over and over. Last week it played for hours, it was just horrible.”
A borough council spokesman added: “Our environmental health team does respond very quickly whenever we can – we do have an out-of-hours service – and we urge people to get in touch if they are troubled by any noise nuisance. It is usually loud music or shouting from neighbors; this is the first time any of the team can recall a nursery rhyme playing in the middle of the night.”
I’m glad they confirmed that no one can recall this happening before. Otherwise I would have thought that playing creepy nursery rhymes in the middle of the night was just a British thing…
And here it is one more time: