A DRUID who refuses to pay to park at Stonehenge is suing the police after missing the solstice.
King Arthur Pendragon, who claims to be the reincarnation of the mythical monarch, says the £15 daily charge is an “affront to paganism”.
Ex-soldier Arthur, 66, who was born with the birth name John Rothwell, is now taking legal action against Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and English Heritage, claiming police refused to let him park on roads nearby the Wiltshire monument on Sunday, causing him to miss seeing the sun rise.
The pagan said, “They conspired to make it impossible for me to park anywhere else than the car park that they were charging money for. Because the police stopped me from parking on all the other roads in and around Stonehenge, I couldn’t get in. This meant I had to go home.” In a further comment attributed to the battle chieftan he said, “watching the sunrise on a screen wasn’t very pagan”.
Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and English Heritage, have all stated that it would be “inappropriate” to comment while legal proceedings are ongoing.
Stonehenge was closed this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic but normally attracts thousands of individuals for the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The authorities have had a more difficult time in 2020 due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent need for social distancing.
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