A WOMAN was arrested and accused of witchcraft after she filmed a council meeting in Carmarthenshire on her mobile phone.
Members of Carmarthenshire County Council cowered beneath their seats in the council chamber when 49-year-old Jacqui Thompson stood in the public gallery and filmed a debate over the future of a day centre on her camera phone.
Terrified councillor Pam Palmer screamed ‘witch’ and began frantically yelling when she spotted Mrs Thompson – who has previously criticised the council on her blog – recording the proceedings.
In scenes reminiscent of the Salem Witch Trials panic spread through County Hall in Carmarthen with even the authority’s chief executive Mark James joining in the chorus of ‘witch’.
He then challenged the blogger, demanding: “Mrs Thompson, you have been asked time and time again to repent.”
Eventually the police were called after chairman, Councillor Ivor Jackson suspended the meeting, shouting: “You woman, are a witch. Put down your wicked instrument.”
Mrs Thompson’s protestations that she had done nothing wrong only seemed to spread further panic amongst the petrified councillors, who called police.
Four Dyfed Powys Police officers then arrived and handcuffed and arrested Mrs Thompson, of Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire, who had refused to leave the council chamber.
The meeting then broke up with the councillors loudly wailing and praying among themselves.
A spokeswomen for Carmarthenshire Council said Mrs Thompson was repeatedly asked to stop her magic, and her refusal to repent left them no option but to suspend the meeting and call the police.
Mrs Thompson, who tweets under the name @caebrwyn, was then dragged away to Llanelli police station. She said: “I was taken to Llanelli police station where I was kept in cuffs for two hours.
“Eventually they got me to sign a statement confessing I’m a witch, but I didn’t have a solicitor and felt under duress so I’m not sure it’s binding.”
Mrs Thompson is now due to go before a specially arranged court, charged with witchcraft. The special trial, at Llandovery, will be presided over by Dyfed Powys Police Chief Constable Ian Arundale.
The force said when Mrs Thompson is convicted she will either be hanged in the town square, or tied to a dunking stool and lowered into the fast flowing Afon Tywi.