Could witchcraft be the latest tool to help police combat crime?
Witch and psychic medium Deborah Samuels-Stuck has been convinced of its power after two circles of witches joined forces to cast a spell on thieves who stole her scooter.
Mrs Samuels-Stuck, 51, claims the sorcery led to its eventual return a few days later.
She said a gang of thieves first attempted to steal the Kymco 50cc scooter from outside her house in Holmside, Gillingham, on Thursday, January 3.
“There were three blokes in puffer coats all in black and balaclavas,” she said.
“They came with bolt-cutters. They knew what they wanted but they couldn’t take it because of the disc lock.
"They were caught on CCTV but the cheeky things reached up and twisted it up towards the sky.”
Although they failed that time the gang returned two days later and lifted the bike over her front gate, disc lock and all - and carried it away.
But they were oblivious to the fact that the victim of this crime was “connected” in ways they would never have imagined.
“I’m a psychic medium and a witch,” said Mrs Samuels-Stuck, who is also a support worker.
“I was so angry at this happening that me and my circle of witches cast a spell. I messaged my friend who happens to be a witch.
"The next thing is all these witches had got together and taken part in a spell.
“There were 20 witches in total, two circles of witches.
“It’s not a hexing - if you hex it can come back on you ten-fold. It’s not worth the trouble.
“My friend said ‘they will know no peace until the bike is returned’, and repeated it several times over.”
Two days later, on Monday, January 7, Mrs Samuels-Stuck was leaving the house on her way to work.
“I opened my door on the 7th and the bike was there, returned,” she said. “I was so blown away I had to get the taxi to wait.
“The message is that when you release things in prayer and spells, it works,” she added.
“It gives hope to people who think prayers aren’t heard.
“This witchcraft has worked, you can’t get away from the fact.”