It is 400 years since the Pendle witch trials led to 10 people being hanged for witchcraft. But do modern witches still suffer prejudice?
He has carved out a successful career as an employment lawyer.
But the 38-year-old, who is sometimes known as Myrddin, also takes part in activities which he prefers to keep secret.
For Myrddin is the head of a witches’ coven in Lancashire.
He said: “We don’t do anything sinister like Devil worship and we don’t make human or animal sacrifices.
“We honour, revere and give thanks to nature. We celebrate the seasons. It’s not all blood and gore. In spring, we celebrate life and rebirth then in the winter, decay and death to make way for new life.”
His coven in Chorley is little more than 30 miles from Pendle, where in 1612, 10 people were seized amid claims of being involved in witchcraft.
But, 400 years later, prejudice against witches stills exists, according to Myrddin.
He said: “It comes from ignorance and fear of the unknown and it is the reason why rituals and celebrations are held in secret.”
In his spare time, he wears a cloak “or something warm for the great outdoors” and heads up a magical working group practising traditional witchcraft which includes druidry, shamanism and wicca.
He said there is no conflict between his