The Scotsman, Nov. 2, 2002
Police and animal charities say they have received “several” notifications of attacks on horses this week following reports that two horses near Aberdeen had their tails hacked off.
The Scottish SPCA say nine other horses have since been attacked, in Angus, Tayside and Fife.
In one case, four horses in a livery stables in Fife had their tails cut off in an overnight attack. The exact location of the incident is being kept secret.
Grampian Police say they are ready to take advice from a white witch who says he has helped catch horse attackers in the past.
Kevin Carlyon, from Sussex, self-styled “high priest” of British White Witches, said yesterday he had helped police in Hampshire to catch a “horse ripper” in 1993 and helped to solve further cases in Wiltshire six years ago.
He warned that similar attacks in Scotland could escalate until the high point in the pagan calendar on 21 December, the winter solstice.
Mr Carlyon, 43, who has offered to provide a “psychic profile” of the criminals, said: “There’s a nasty black magic cult in the north of Scotland.
“I know that on top of the cases which have been reported, many more have not. The police are looking into it and I want to help in any way I can.
“We are not talking about schoolkids here, but people who believe they can summon up Satan and fly. We are talking about people who believe they are pagans and work on the old calendar, culminating at the winter solstice on 21 December.
“In the old tradition, cutting off a horse’s tail is supposed to make you fly. They think it will make them like Pegasus. I have seen this pattern before and my instinct tells me that the attacks won’t stop here.”
Grampian Police officer Neil Watt, who is investigating the attacks, said: “As the police service we are always glad of any information which can help us.
“There have been a number of new reports of horse attacks in my area since my investigations began.
“There have been two new cases of horses having their tails cut off this week and owners are now at the stage where they don’t want any attention drawn to them or their animals.”
A spokeswoman for Tayside Police said that they would consider speaking to Mr Carlyon after two new attacks on horses in Coupar Angus, although a link with witchcraft had not yet been confirmed.
Doreen Graham, a Scottish SPCA spokeswoman, said: “There are people who would wish to use black magic to cause harm and it would appear that some of the attacks on horses have been quite vicious. We are continuing to investigate.”