Gino Debroux, the mayor of Landen – a small town 30 miles from Brussels in Belgium – had resorted to the measure yesterday after claiming the Roma had outstayed their agreed tenancy on a private plot of land.
He hired a local DJ to play music up to 95 decibels – the equivalent of a pneumatic drill from 50 feet away – but his choice of Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits as a first song did not have the desired effect as children from the camp broke out into a small jig.
"I want to thank the mayor," one camp resident told Reuters. "It's very nice that he sent a DJ for us to have a party."
The mayor explained he only used the “non-violent method” because the group had been “very difficult to negotiate with” and confirmed that after further discussions they had agreed to move on.