Party girl's apology for three-mile disturbance
An 18-year-old millionaire's daughter has issued a public apology after a rowdy party at the family mansion kept the neighbours up all night – some of them three miles away.
Jessica Kenneway, whose family has lived at Escot House near Ottery St Mary in Devon for more than two centuries, was asked to make a full apology by East Devon District Council after the party on Saturday night.
Police were called to the huge country pile at 4am, after residents in surrounding villages took to social networking sites Facebook and Twitter to complain.
Neighbours described the situation, which left some with no sleep until 7am, as "crazy" and said that the family's actions were "very selfish".
But Miss Kenneway, who threw the "private, outdoor party" as a joint celebration to mark her friend's 18th birthday and her going away travelling to South America, said as soon as police alerted them, the music was turned down immediately.
She said: "During the course of the night, as everyone became absorbed in the party atmosphere, what started as an acceptable volume level must have crept up.
"I would like to apologise to local residents for not realising that the volume had reached an unacceptable level and... disturbing their Sunday morning."