Tuesday, September 14, 2010
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thesun - Landlord Andrew Batemen was left stunned when he checked CCTV footage at his pub — and saw a ghost.
The spooky spirit appeared at 18 minutes past midnight in the Wolfe Pub in Penrith, Cumbria, hovered in the air in the deserted bar for 31 seconds and then shot off.
Shocked Andrew, 38, mentioned the footage to staff at the Thomas Cook travel agents next door who said they had also captured ghostly images on their security cameras.
They believe the building was once used as a funeral parlour.
Andrew, who has run the pub for 17 years, said his Patterdale terrier dog Dudley gets scared when passing through the pub's doors.
He added: "I don't believe in ghosts but this freaked me out."
The footage from Thomas Cook, which was shot exactly a week later, shows a computer mouse move of its own accord across a desk.
The office is then bathed in a soft light as the computer monitor switches on.
Moments later a large sign falls from the shop's front window.
Andrew said of the pub CCTV: "I was with a friend and we were looking at the footage from Tuesday, September 1.
"At 18 minutes past midnight the pub was in darkness.
"I was about to turn it off when my mate spotted something strange. On the screen a glowing shape came down from the ceiling into the lounge and floated around the room.
"At one point, it looked as though it were polishing tables, it seemed to pulse and then boom, it then shot off upwards through the wall and ceiling.
"I don't believe in ghosts but this has really freaked me out. I've looked at a still of this thing as it shoots off and I'm sure that I can see a face.
"What's really strange is that something similar was going on next door.
"Our lounge area used to be part of next door, which I've been told was once an undertakers.
"They showed me their footage when I went in to tell them about the CCTV.
"There is nobody near the computer but it just comes on and the whole room starts to glow.
"Then it gets brighter and brighter and a big sign falls out of the front window. It's strange."
Amy Dryden, 22, who works in the Thomas Cook shop, said: "I have found it difficult to sleep since seeing the footage.
"It's scary. This place used to be a funeral parlour and when I go upstairs to where we keep our brochures I often get the feeling that I'm being watched.
"I was amazed when I saw the CCTV from the pub."
Andrew has been visited by a medium who said she could sense 'visitors' from the other side.
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