When police were called to ghostly sightings
POLICE in Peterborough have been called on to act as ghost busters by victims who feel they may have been targeted by thieves and yobs from beyond the grave.
Details have just been released that show Peterborough police have been alerted on six occasions in the last three years to deal with ghostly apparitions.
And in an eerie twist, three of these sightings occurred on the same date – September 9 – in consecutive years.
Two sightings also happened on the same day – February 21 this year Cambridgeshire a The Freedom – in findings central of were Peterborough. Information Police released following re- by quest Police by The said Evening that all reports Telegraph. featuring three years the word had ‘ghost’ occurred in the within last the county’s Northern Division which covers the whole of Peterborough.
The full list of ghostly sightings reported to police includes:
On September 9, 2009 police were called to a report of a burglary in the PE1 post code area.
The caller told officers it was believed there was a ghost in their house but no trace was ever found.
On November 21, 2009 a disturbance in a field adjoining a house in Thorney was reported. this may have been caused by the ghost of a child.
On September 9, 2010 police were called to a home in Stanground one week after an attempted burglary. Officers reported that a child
had woken at night and believed
that a ghost was trying to enter
through a window. On February 21, 2011 officers stopped a “confused woman” in Peterborough city centre. They noted that she appeared to be “talking to ghosts”. On the same date in the PE1 area, police received a call from a person who claimed to be hearing “ghost noises” as well as seeing hands coming over the top of a door. The caller also reported a group of three males outside the property, one of whom was a white male. On September 9, 2011 a driver on ough the reported A47 in a central person Peterbor- walking down a slip road onto the carriageway against the flow of traffic. he driver was described to be in such a state of shock that it felt like they “had seen a ghost”. In all cases police say that no further action was taken by officers.
A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Police said: “Reports like these are extremely rare but where people have genuine concerns they or their property is at risk we will investigate if appropriate.”
However, the sightings have come as little surprise to Stuart Orme, who works at the supposedly-haunted Peterborough Museum and organises popular ghost walks through the city centre.
Mr Orme said: “Peterborough is an ancient city with a lot of history and tales get built up over time.
“We have an historic cathedral and other old buildings with links to hundreds of people from the past.
“There have been lots of ghost stories in the city over the years and we go through these on our walks.
“I would say that around 80 per cent of ghost stories can be explained with a rational answer.
“But it’s the remaining 20 per cent that no matter how hard you try to think of one, no logical answer exists.”
Among the places which are said to be haunted are the Queensgate Shopping Centre and the city’s museum.
The museum is said to be stalked by the ghost of a First World War Australian Soldier Sergeant Thomas Hunter, who was taken there in 1916 after being wounded.
Back then the museum was a hospital and Sergeant Hunter died there.
Since then staff have regularly reported furniture being mysteriously moved about.
Peterborough Cathedral is also said to be haunted by three ghosts.
The apparition of a little girl who was apparently murdered there in the 1860s is said to have fic. Officers were told by locals that
GHOSTLY APPARITIONS: A mocked up picture of what appears to be a ghost on the A47 in Peterborough. Inset right, Peterborough Cathedral and Peterborough Museum are believed to host a number of ghosts that have been seen several times over the years.
CAPTURE PEOPLE’S IMAGINATION: Stuart Orme.