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Hundreds attend funeral of Cornish pagan wizard

Hundreds came to mourn Mr Wilson, better known as Eron the Wizard. Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of people dressed as druids, wizards and fairies have turned out for the funeral of a wizard in Cornwall.

63-year-old Ian Wilson was better known as Eron the Wizard. The former builder from Gloucester died from cancer two weeks ago.

He embraced the Wicca religion on moving to Cornwall, and spent his time acting as a 'gate keeper', encouraging others to believe and also offering spiritual support to other cancer sufferers.

Mr Wilson was well-known in the Cornwall pagan community. Credit: ITV News

His daughter Rebecca Spencer organised a traditional Wicca ceremony for his funeral, which is a modern form of Paganism.

I'm not into the Pagan and Wiccan things, he was just a normal Dad to me, you know funny, kind and I could tell him everything, he was like my best friend.

What I've done today is for him, it's not for me, it's what he would have wanted. When he was alive he loved being the centre of attention, so now he's the centre of attention in death. He would be proud I think.

– Rebecca Spencer, Ian Wilson's daughter

The ceremony was presided over by family friend and High Priestess Julia Stoiber who flew in from Austria to perform the ritual which involved casting a circle and blessing it with the elements.

The 63-year-old offered spiritual support to other cancer sufferers. Credit: Family

Chief Fire Officer to get higher salary than Prime Minister

Lee Howell will have a higher salary than the Prime Minister. Credit: ITV News

The Chief Fire Officer of Devon and Somerset has been awarded a 6% pay rise - meaning he'll get a larger salary than the Prime Minister.

The Fire Authority voted in favour of the recommendation for Lee Howell's salary this morning, giving him a pay rise of £9,000.

Front line officers have been told their pay rise will be capped at 1%.

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Police name Dorchester murder victim

Police are appealing for information on Elliot Handley's recent movements. Credit: ITV News

A man found dead at a garage in Dorchester has been named as 46-year-old Elliot Handley from Eastleigh.

His body was found on the night of Tuesday 26th May at the Dorchester Collection, launching a murder investigation which has seen three men arrested.

One of the suspects, a 43-year-old man, has been bailed to a secure hospital, while the other two, a 47-year-old man and another aged 69 have been bailed until mid-June.

Dorset Police are appealing for information about Elliot Handley's recent movements as they try to establish the circumstances of his murder. He was last seen in Truro, Cornwall, a week ago, and is believed to have travelled to Dorset after that.

A police cordon at the scene is expected to stay in place for some time while officers investigate.

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Mankini ban 'helps cut crime' in Newquay

The skinny swimsuits, as worn in the film Borat, are now banned in Newquay. Credit: PA

Newquay's decision to ban mankinis has significantly reduced anti-social behaviour in the town, police and community leaders said.

Officers in the Cornish seaside resort brought in the ban as part of a drive to help shed its "Wild West" image as a haven for stag and hen parties.

And they say their crackdown on excess drinking, public disorder and the wearing of inappropriate clothing, such as mankinis, has helped cut crime in the town.

Inspector Dave Meredith said: "People expected to come to Newquay to drink a lot, behave irresponsibly, a lot of really young people came to Newquay and knew they had a good chance of getting drunk.

"Certainly we have clamped down on that and the image of Newquay now has certainly curtailed some of that."

In 2009 locals joined protest marches to "take back their town" from the grip of anti-social revellers.

Town mayor Dave Sleeman said: "I remember back in the 2000s you couldn't walk the streets on a Saturday without seeing someone wearing a mankini or what have you.

"But now they're not allowed in Newquay. The police will tell them to go home and get changed if they see them wearing one, and the guest houses and camp sites are pretty good at warning their guests about what's acceptable."


Pagan funeral for Cornish "White Wizard"

Ian Wilson was also known as Eron the Wizard. Credit: Family

Hundreds of people dressed as witches, fairies and druids are expected in Cornwall this morning, at what's believed to be the first pagan funeral in the country for centuries.

Ian Wilson, also known as Eron the Wizard, was a so-called "White Wizard" from Tintagel. He died of cancer two weeks ago, and his family have said they wish to honour his Wiccan beliefs.

The ceremony is thought to be being conducted by a high priestess, with torchbearers, pagan blessings and other Wiccan ritual elements.

Hundreds of mourners are expected at Mr Wilson's funeral. Credit: Family
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