Phantoms from Police & Fire Stations


Location: Sixpenny Handley (Dorset) - Spots Green, between village and Upwood
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early 1910s
Further Comments: A phantom policeman was observed here before vanishing walking along the road.


Location: Swindon (Wiltshire) - Fire Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1960s, 1970s
Further Comments: Footsteps were heard in the upper parts of the building when no one should have been there, and strange footprints appeared on freshly polished floors, stopping abruptly half way across. One firefighter awoke in the dorm to see a grey shadowy figure standing over him, while another followed a figure into the toilets, only to find them empty. One fire officer suggested it was the ghost of a woman who drowned in the canal, over which the fire station was built.


Location: Thorpe-le-Soken (Essex) - Police Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Dressed in an old fashioned uniform, this ex-officer is said to haunt his former station. It is also said that whispering voices can be heard in the cells when they are empty.


Location: Totnes (Devon) - Police station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2002 - 2007 (approx)
Further Comments: After the old cells at this police station were closed, they were used instead as store rooms. In these store rooms a number of police officers reported feeling they were not alone, and the door to the rear car park could be heard opening and closing.


Location: W1 (Greater London) - Former Vine Street Police Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1969
Further Comments: This officer of the law, who killed himself in a cell in the nineteenth century, still keeps an eye on his fellow officers.

Mrs Abercrombie Walking

Location: W4 (Greater London) - Chiswick Police Station, Chiswick High Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The site of a grisly murder in 1792, when Mrs Abercrombie's son-in-law hit her several times with a large axe. The woman is now said to haunt the building; when not heard pacing around, she materialises in the upper regions.


Location: Watford (Hertfordshire) - Oxhey Police Station
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: Reputedly built on the site of a gallows, the empty corridors are said to be home to disembodied whistling after dark.

Two Thirds of a Man

Location: West Malling (Kent) - Police House, West Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: June or July 2006
Further Comments: A police officer spotted the bottom two thirds of a figure on the staircase of this building. The figure wore soft leather boots, a long black cape and a silver doublet with a sword hanging from it. The figure disappeared from view up the stairs. The officer gave chase, but no one could be found - the only way out was past the officer.


Location: Whitacre Heath (Warwickshire) - Halloughton Grange Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1930s and January 2010, around 20:45h
Further Comments: During the 1930s a cyclist heading towards Kingsbury along this road swerved to avoid a nurse as she stepped out in front of him - he failed, and passed straight through her. The encounter left him shaken, and when he finally spoke of the incident, he was told that a nurse had been killed in an accident on the spot several years previous. In 2010 a transparent figure in a cape was seen standing by the roadside where the road folks - one again the witness was left shaken.

Flying Plates

Location: Wigan (Lancashire) - Private flat, Woodford Street, Pemberton (former police station)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late 2010 / early 2011
Further Comments: Wigan Today reported that poltergeist activity in this flat ceased after Dead Connections paranormal team exorcised the site. Occupier Holly Taylor had experienced plates flying around, disembodied footsteps and other strange activities. The site also had a reputation of being haunted when it was a police station, with a former officer claiming that bangs and footsteps were heard by staff.

Tall Officer

Location: Wrexham (Clwyd) - Wrexham police station
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Summer 2003
Further Comments: While refuelling a van in the yard, Special Constable Mark Davies spotted the reflection of a tall policeman standing behind him in one of the windows. Davies turned to speak to the officer, but there was no one there. It was speculated that the ghostly figure was a motorcyclist who had died a few months earlier.

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