|Investigation: Lionel Fanthorpe, 74, has analysed ghostly sightings from the past 24 years to come up with a list of the UK's spookiest places.|
This spectred isle... the spookiest spots in Britain revealedSeptember 27, 2009
Daily Mail, UK
If you're at all scared of ghosts, make sure you steer clear of Kent.
The county is home to more paranormal beings than anywhere else in Britain, a study revealed today.
It also suggests you're most likely to glimpse a UFO in Yorkshire, while the country's most famous werewolf lives in Staffordshire.
A phantom hitchhiker getting into motorists' cars, a Lancashire time-warp slip road that takes you back to the 1940s and the ghost of a one-legged priest were among the reported incidents.
The findings come from the work of paranormal researcher Lionel Fanthorpe, 74, from Cardiff.
He has analysed sightings from across the country over the past 25 years to come up with a list of Britain's spookiest places.
UFOs were the most common paranormal sightings, with 109 reports across Britain.
One of the most well known sightings took place in Scotland in January 1986, when two policemen saw an orangey-red UFO travelling at slow speed and falling to the ground.
They described the object as resembling a flying clothes pole.
The second most common are general phantoms (also defined as ghosts or apparitions), with 50 reports including seven ghosts of policemen, a phantom monk, as well as a number of ghostly human shapes and medieval figures.
There have been 21 reported cases of werewolf sightings, with the Cannock Chase werewolf in Staffordshire the most renowned.
Road phantoms are the fourth most common paranormal sightings. There have been 17 cases of them scaring motorists over the years.
One of the most famous is a young girl who has been spotted wandering down the Caterham Bypass, in Surrey.
There have been five official reports of crop circles, with Wiltshire the most likely place to find one.
And there have been four reports of poltergeists terrorising people's homes, as well as four accounts of big cats roaming the woods of Leicester, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Dorset has the most railway ghosts and London hosts the only haunted airport, Heathrow, where a passenger claimed to have encountered the ghost of Dick Turpin.
Mr Fanthorpe said: 'The highest form of investigation was never to regard something as so firmly proved that we don't need to look at it again.
'Neither should we laugh out of court anything that seems so ridiculous that it isn't worth investigating.'
Mr Fanthorpe's work - published at www.lionel-fanthorpe.com - was commissioned to support the release of the science fiction series Fringe on DVD.