Phantoms from Police & Fire Stations


Location: Aberdeen (Aberdeenshire) - Old Fire Station, King Street (now student accommodation)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: February 2006
Further Comments: A former student who stayed here recalled how a silhouetted figure walked towards him as he stood in the shower - the witness jumped out of the way, injuring his heal. A couple of months later the student was told that the building was reputedly haunted. It is said that several fire fighters based at the site when it was operation had encountered a figure in Victorian uniform who was said to be a man who died while saving a child.

Edwardian Gentleman

Location: Bexhill (Sussex) - Police Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The police station is said to be haunted by this figure, though his motives for returning here are unknown.


Location: Blackburn (Lancashire) - Old Infirmary
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown - 2000s?
Further Comments: Cleaning staff in this building are reported to occasionally see figures through doorways, although one member of staff came face to face with a Victorian man wearing a top hat.

White Woman with Mistletoe

Location: Bramshill (Hampshire) - Bramshill House (police college)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Not just home to the ghostly bride (who suffered the fate of hiding in a chest from her husband while playing hide and seek, only to become stuck and suffocate) who wakes people up who spend the night there, but also to a grey lady who haunts the library and a green man who hovers by the lake - it is reported that he has no legs. Finally, a man in a flannel; suit was observed walking through a wall by a security guard in the 1970s.

Sister Geer

Location: Brighton (Sussex) - Royal Sussex County Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A member of staff who heard and felt someone invisible walk by was later told it was Sister Geer, a former nurse whose presence had been encountered by other staff on the ward.

Knight Templar

Location: Bristol (Somerset) - Fire Brigade Headquarters, Temple Back
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1975
Further Comments: This apparition appeared nine times during 1975. While one witness thought it looked like a man wearing waterproof clothing, others thought that the ghost's dress looked more medieval and speculated it may have been a Knight Templar, the organisation of which once owned lands around the city.


Location: Broughton (Lancashire) - Fire Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: George the ghost would lurk around the engine bay, opening and closing lockers.

Victorian Policeman

Location: Broughton Astley (Leicestershire) - Pavement outside Bulls Head pub
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 13 September 2011, 02:50h
Further Comments: This phantom figure dressed in a Victorian policeman's uniform was observed standing outside the Bulls Head public house by a man walking home in the early hours of the morning. The policeman emanated a presence so strong that the witness could feel its presence even though he crossed the road and deliberately avoided eye contact with the entity. Further along the road the witness turned to take another look at the phantom, but it had gone.


Location: Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk) - Old fire station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Disembodied footsteps were reported coming from empty parts of this fire station.

Police Officer

Location: Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) - Chesterton Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 21 August 2012, 14:30h
Further Comments: Taking a shortcut through a car park and past an office block, this witness looked up to see a police officer in 1940s uniform with a gasmask case slung over his arm. The officer was floating. The witness froze briefly in terror before taking haste.

Wat Perkins

Location: Cattistock (Dorset) - Chantmarle mansion, former police training college
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early nineteenth century
Further Comments: Once a year for several years, a phantom voice would cry out 'search for Wat Perkins!'. The voice stopped when a skeleton minus the head was discovered in a ditch and a local woman was arrested for murder.

Turning Key

Location: Chepstow (Gwent) - Welsh Burns Unit (hospital)
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A nurse at this facility reported seeing a key turn in the lock of a glass door - no one could be seen on the other side.


Location: Chester (Cheshire) - Old Fire Station Restaurant, Northdate Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: Sporting a beard, this phantom fireman wearing a brass helmet was known only as Jack. A fireman who watched the figure sitting on a ladder was so shocked he rang the emergency bell to summon help. Even though the phantom had vanished by the time other people arrived on the scene, the witness quit his job soon after.

Elderly Woman

Location: Cookridge (Yorkshire) - Cookridge and Ada hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Summer 2003
Further Comments: A paramedic with a colleague pushing a stretcher approached a lift in the hospital. Just ahead of them, an elderly woman entered the lift and the doors closed. The paramedic dashed and hit the lift call button before the elevator could move and the doors reopened - the woman who had entered moments before was nowhere to be seen.


Location: Dalkeith (Lothian) - Dalkeith fire station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: A medium was called to banish a phantom monk who was blamed for creating strange voices, eerie screams and loud bangs at night. Reports of the phantom monk on the site of a former abbey date back to the eighteenth century.

Joseph Moss

Location: Derby (Derbyshire) - Derby Fish Market
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: PC Moss was the first police officer to be shot and murdered in Derby, 1859. His ghost once haunted the police station, but when it was made way for the fish market, Moss remained in the area.

Mrs Browne

Location: E1 (Greater London) - Stepney Magistrate's Court (demolished)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1976
Further Comments: A former Matron at the court, Browne was blamed for throwing items around and knocking trays of food from people's hands.


Location: E11 (Greater London) - Wansted Hospital
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Along one corridor, where a murder was committed many years ago, a spot exists which is said to cause people to run after dark, such is the fear it generates. The murder is said to have occurred over tobacco and a pipe.

Fireman in Brass Helmet

Location: E15 (Greater London) - Old Fire Station on Broadway, and new one on Romford Road, Stratford
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen by staff at the fire station, the ghost is said to be Godfrey Netherwood, a man from the late nineteenth century who was interested in paranormal happenings. This spirit now appears to have migrated to a new home at the newer station.


Location: E3 (Greater London) - St Andrews Hospital (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 1976
Further Comments: Three workers installing a two new lifts on the site watched as a shimmering white shape appeared next to them, similar to a heat haze, before it disappeared a couple of seconds later. Mentioning it to the nurses, they said it may have been 'George', a poltergeist-like entity who moved things around unless they said hello to him as they started their shift.

Heavy Footsteps

Location: Edinburgh (Lothian) - Tollcross Fire Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013
Further Comments: Control room staff have reported hearing heavy footsteps on the balcony surrounding the rest area and also within the corridors of the control room area. The footsteps sound as if they are walking over a stone type floor even though the balcony is metal and the corridors are all vinyl or carpeted flooring.


Location: Eton (Berkshire) - Waterworks, Tangier Island
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Second World War
Further Comments: The local policeman would stop and share a cup of tea with the night watchman every night. However, for two consecutive nights, the watchman heard the policeman arrive on his bike and walk towards the office, but the officer did not actually appear. The watchman mentioned this to a co-worker the following day, who informed him the policeman had died a couple of nights previous.

Cell Bell

Location: Eye (Suffolk) - Police station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1976 onwards
Further Comments: It was reported that the cell bell would ring when the cell was empty and a typewriter and moving chairs would be heard in other deserted areas. There was no pattern to the sounds, which could be heard day or night by individuals or groups of staff.

Officer Jones

Location: Grays (Essex) - Fire Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: A former Divisional Officer, Jones appears sporadically in the dorm of the building.


Location: Great Yarmouth (Norfolk) - Fire Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s and 2000s
Further Comments: Built upon an area that housed bodies, the fire station has developed a reputation for being haunted, particularly by a monk nicknamed Henry. Footfalls have also been heard down empty corridors.

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