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Police appeal for missing 17-year-old

Missing 17-year-old Finnian Layland-Stratfield. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police are urgently seeking the public's help to locate 17-year-old Finnian Layland-Stratfield.

Finnian was last seen between 5:00pm and 5:30pm by a walker on the cliffs above Hole Beach Tintagel.

Finnian’s rucksack containing some personal belongings were located on cliffs above Hole Beach in Tintagel at 5.30pm on Sunday July 9.

His family and the police are appealing to anyone with any information about his whereabouts, or who may have seen or heard from him since Saturday morning to contact the police.

Finnian is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall with a slim build. He has dark brown medium length sruffy hair with a long fringe, he is clean shaven but has some fluffy facial hair.

He has a black ear stretcher in his left ear, a tattoo NOAH 2005 on his left forearm and a tattoo of a Salamander on the rear of his right shoulder.

He was believed to be wearing a blue Superdry hoodie, grey/black jeans with holes in the knees and black army style boots and was carrying the rucksack which was khaki green in colour around two feet in length with pockets.

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Controversial sculpture 'vandalised'

A controversial sculpture of Merlin carved into the rock face of a historic castle has been vandalised.

The life-size carving was unveiled just two months ago after it was commission by English Heritage at Tintagel - the legendary birthplace of King Arthur.

Traditionalists accused them of 'Disneyfication' and 'dumbing down' in a bid to boost tourist numbers.

But now, Merlin's nose appears to have been hacked off.

Part of Merlin's nose appears to have been deliberately knocked off Credit: Peter Glaser

Photographer Peter Glaser, who spotted the damage.

I would say it was something done on purpose.

This has been a well publicised carving in the rock face, internationally renowned due to objections to English Heritage.

Claims of vandalism have been made about English Heritage with these additions, and now they themselves are subjected to possible vandalism.

– Peter Glaser

There has been no comment yet from English Heritage or Kernow Matters To Us, the organisation which criticised the original carving.

KMTU, who are dedicated to preserving the integrity of Cornwall's history and culture, described the sculpture itself as "vandalism".

Credit: Peter Glaser

English Heritage defends Tintagel Castle bridge plans

Credit: © MRC/Ney & Partners/Emily Whitfield-Wicks

The winning design for a bridge which will connect the historic Tintagel Castle - legendary birthplace of King Arthur - to the mainland has been revealed.

A jury of experts chose the winning design over 136 others in a two stage international design competition.

Some critics are concerned the structure will detract from the beauty and simplicity of the ancient monument but Wyn Scutt from English Heritage told ITV News that the bridge won't make a huge visual impact.

He points out that there always was a bridge connecting the castle with the mainland in Mediaeval times - although there has been a lot of coastal erosion since then.

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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
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