Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - By CHARLES WADE-PALMER charles.wade­[email protected]­

FISHY go­ings-on have left chip shop work­ers rat­tled.

They have been spooked by the an­tics of a pol­ter­geist which sprin­kles salt on one par­tic­u­lar ta­ble.

The ghost even ter­ri­fied a woman at the Seag­ull Café in Wey­mouth by blow­ing in her ear.

Now the own­ers are wor­ried the spirit will be up­set by plans to turn the

Dorset eaterie into a trendy Mex­i­can restau­rant.

The Seag­ull was closed and the space leased out in Oc­to­ber af­ter years of re­ported haunt­ings.

Leg­end has it that the chippy was home to the spirit of an old man who al­ways sat at ta­ble num­ber two.

His ghost is said to have often smiled at work­ers be­fore van­ish­ing into thin air, leav­ing be­hind a sprin­kling of salt.

The ap­pari­tion’s pres­ence has also been felt up­stairs.

In the flat above the café the man­ager’s wife claimed to have felt some­thing blow­ing in her ear when­ever she did chores. Ian and He­len Dowen, who are half-way through turn­ing the chippy into their new restau­rant, fear the ghost will want to re­claim his favourite spot once they open. Ian, 55, said: “There are no ta­bles out at the mo­ment, so if some­one was sprin­kling salt around the place I wouldn’t be able to tell be­cause there’s dust ev­ery­where.” But he promised: “When we open in March, I’ll be sure to keep an eye on the spot where the old ta­ble num­ber two was.”

Jake Short, 26, claims that he ex­pe­ri­enced many a spooky mo­ment when he lived in the flat above the Seag­ull Café be­tween 2009 and 2014.

He told us: “I’d be in my flat and hear chairs mov­ing down­stairs so I’d go down and check, but noth­ing would be there.

“It’s an old build­ing and Wey­mouth is known for its ghost sto­ries, so who knows.”

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