Sunday, 24 January 2010

When Will We Three Meet Again..?

...round the back of the stables at 10:30 ok for you two?
At least ten horse-owners in Sussex have reported finding plaits in their horses’ manes over the last two months.

Police have received reports from places as far apart as Westergate in Chichester, Rother and East Grinstead - reflecting similar reports across the country.
And here's where it gets...well, read on:
Officers in Dorset have been contacted by a warlock, or male witch, who claimed the plaits are used in rituals by followers of “knot magick”, also known as “cord magick”.

But Kevin Carlyon, the Hastings-based self-proclaimed High Priest of British White Witches, told The Argus some plaits or knots could be evidence of devil-worship or black magic.
Fantastic! The police can indulge in a real witch hunt for once!

Let's hope they let the SS know too, so they can join in the fun...
PC Peter Child said the possibility of witchcraft has not previously been considered as part of the Sussex Police investigation.
Well, gosh...

15 comments:

John R said...

Apparently 800 other witches and pagans about to him appointing heimslef as their leader and are trying force him to drop the title. Maybe the plod should wait untilthis is all settled before working with him. After all you wouldn't want to be working with the wrong King of the Witches would you?

Chuckles said...

"PC Peter Child said the possibility of witchcraft has not previously been considered as part of the Sussex Police investigation."

Probably not since 1736 I'd say?

But it makes a change from crop circles. Probably the Global Warming keeping them indoors.

Dangerouslysubversivedad said...

"Well, I can do next Tuesday."

Furor Teutonicus said...

May have escaped the bastards attention, but Heathenism, of which I am one, and witchcraft, which I am not, but some DO link them, are NOT FUCKING ILLEGAL!!

Nor is tying plaits in horses mains, tails or bloody bollocks.... na well may be the last one.

So what is bloody plod doing getting involved?

Furor Teutonicus said...

And as an after note, "Witchcraft" was still illegal in the U.K until the "Fraudulant mediums act 1951". (!)

North Northwester said...

Dangerouslysubversivedad
"Well, I can do next Tuesday."

Ook!


Or "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
How about this as a possibility: many young girls like horses and also like to pet them. Young girls also know how to plait their own (and their friends') hair. What would happen if Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard put these two little-known (but still perfectly plausible) facts together and came up with a possible counter-theory to witchcraft, improbable though it might seem at first?
Or will he instead use the national DNA database to cross-index know horse-likers, suspected witches, and people who once had their cheeks swabbed as part of an ongoing investigation, and adding them all together and making 5?

JFW!

James Higham said...

Pagans all over the place. Must be fun up in Scotland.

Dave H said...

'Jaws' must have hit the beach tourist industry. Have this lot seen/read Equus and become paranoid?

Boring fact: the last punishment for withcraft in England was during WWII. Fortunately, they only locked her up, though I don't know if that was after putting her guilt beyond any doubt with a 'swim'.

Furor Teutonicus said...

She was actualy a medium and not a witch. However, she was done because she foretold the D-day landings. They took her in as a spy. When that did not work they booked her under the anti witchcraft laws.

However Gerald Gardener, the founder of "Wiccan", and who WAS a witch, (Witch is a "rank" both males and females can be witches), plus his Coven, was actualy given the go ahead, from Churchill himself, to perform a protection ceremony on top of the white cliffs of Dover, shortly after Dunkirk.

Anonymous said...

I suspect this this points to a type of mysterious creature often seen around livery stables. Small, lithe, and mischievous. They are called little girls, and they are rather good at plaiting each other's hair...

Sue said...

Funny :)

Hope its Satan worshippers cursing Gordoom. I do hope they're not going to waste time and money investigating this!

MTG said...

Very confusing. I thought they met socially when the hurly burly is done.....and I refer to witches, not police.

Yet high time they tried a stable spell...and I refer to police, not witches.

Edgar said...

The Police don't investigate actual crime any more. They exist to monitor subversives and to identify thought crime. It is clear that anyone who would do such a despicable act of wanton vandalism to the mane of a horse is a potential, full-blown psychotic, bomb-making, suicide terrorist, who has some doubts about the nature of government in this country and probably no longer trusts the Police for reasons of an entirely spurious and incomprehensible nature.

wv: rally. What a good idea!

Rob said...

Pay a stable-lad double time, give him a shotgun, and let's see how strong their white magic is.

Bet it won't stop a blast from a shotgun.

JuliaM said...

"After all you wouldn't want to be working with the wrong King of the Witches would you?"

Not if you want to keep your milk unsour and your cows fertile, no...

"..."Well, I can do next Tuesday."..."

Yup, that was in my mind the second I saw the story! :)

"She was actualy a medium and not a witch. However, she was done because she foretold the D-day landings."

'Fortean Times' did an article on her a few months back. Fascinating story!