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A sleepy town in the United Kingdom has been named the country’s capital for Satanists.
Some 70 out of 8,500 people living in historic Bungay and nearby villages in Suffolk identify as devil-worshippers.
The sinister statistic means nearly one in every 120 people in the area claimed to be a Satanist when asked in the 2021 census to state their religious beliefs – about 100 times the national average.
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Mayor Tony Dawes said: “I was very surprised to hear this. I have never come across a Satanist in the town to my knowledge.
“The churches in the town are very well supported. I am wondering if people with nothing better to do during lockdown decided to put down that they were Satanists.”
Some suggest there may be a link to a local legend of the devil taking the form of a black dog, known as Black Shuck, which terrorised the congregation of St Mary’s Church in the town in 1577.
Martin Evans, of the Friends of St Mary’s Church, said: “I have seen no evidence of Satanists at all. I can’t imagine why anyone would put that down in the census, but we do have a lot of jokers around here.”
The news comes just a few weeks after it was revealed that Britain's young people are choosing Satanism over traditional religions.
However, don't expect to see pentagrams and hooded individuals drinking blood from ancient chalices on the streets of London any time soon, as leaders from the Global Order of Satan UK explained.
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Chaplain Leopold, 32, who is the co-runner of the group, told the Sunday Telegraph that there had been a 200% increase in membership in the last five years.
But he's not taking all the credit, as it appears that young people are favouring it because traditional religions such as Christianity are now seen as “outdated, dogmatic and stuffy”.
The news coincides with the latest census, which claimed that Britain was no longer majority Christian for the first time since records began.
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