When po­lice were called to ghostly sight­ings

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By KEN MCERLAIN ken.mcerlain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.

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