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The Halloween ghosthunters
12:10pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
IT WAS Hallowe'en last week and a team of Thurrock-based paranormal investigators spent time looking for ghosts and ghouls in the cellar of a national radio station...
Thurrock Paranormal, a group sceptical about the existence of supernatural forces, went ghost hunting at Absolute Radio’s haunted London headquarters.
The team, who work free of charge, have been exploring some of the most haunted buildings in the area since they formed in 2005, including the Bell Inn in Horndon-on-the-Hill, in Mucking village, in Fobbing and at the Royal Hotel in Purfleet.
They work by ruling out ordinary explanations for noises, light bulb flickers, doors opening alone and various strange sightings, before using specialist equipment and mediums to look for any strange occurances which might be difficult to explain.
Records and files are produced on places subject to investigation, which are then archived away in Thurrock Museum.
Shane Ralph, the Thurrock Paranormal team leader said: “We set the team up and it had within it a few people I trusted. I’m a sceptic myself, but we go into places and investigate.
“I’m very open minded but when I was younger, I thought I saw a few things such as ghosts, but that’s what got me interested into looking into things like this.”
Mr Ralph, 36, leads Thurrock Paranormal’s small, dedicated team of Phil Church, Dave Winston, Mark Williams and Steve and Elaine Brame.
They are all sceptical about paranormal activity, but carry out a number of investigations each year and have carried out research for popular ghost hunter television programmes such as Derek Acorah’s Most Haunted.
Mr Ralph said: “We rule out everything it could be, then set up night vision cameras, take electro-magnetic frequency readings, temperature reading. Then, I go home with dozens of tapes and spend up to three weeks analysing them. If you blink during that process, you have to go back in case you’ve missed something.
“A lot of the time we will go in to places and be able to work out what is going on. So if a door is popping open, we might look at whether changes in temperature in a room are causing a door to expand or contract and therefore pop open, for instance, nearby heating pipes might be making a door frame expand.
“At one place we went to, everyone who slept in this certain room was having very vivid dreams. It was strange, when you sat on that bed, you felt electrified - the electro-magnetic frequency in the room was off the scale. What I found out, was that behind the wall the bed was up against was the fuse box. The electro-magnetic waves were travelling through the metal frame of the bed.
“That stimulates the mind, which can lead to people having vivid dreams.”
Mr Ralph explained another investigation he carried out at Eastbury Manor in Barking. Previous investigators had reported being scratched in the manor’s cellar and fled believing there was a polter-geist in there.
“I was there on my own at 2am and backed into the wall and caught myself on something sharp. It was cable ties - which were all they way around the room. I look for evidence to back something up, rather than running away. If you don’t have the evidence, then you can talk yourself into being scared.”
Eastbury Manor in Barking, subject to one of Thurrock Paranormal's investigations...
But the team have endured truly scary moments. After carrying out an investigation at the old fire station in Tilbury, the team turned the lights out and left. As they were leaving, one of the lights switched on, inexplicably.
Mr Ralph also recalls a strange experience while doing an investigation at a footpath which runs alongside the Bell Inn, in Horndon-on-the-Hill. He said: “I felt I was being squeezed and got this sense of doom which was a bit out of the blue. That was one occasion where I felt genuinely scared, which was strange.”
For more information about Thurrock Paranormal, visit www.thurrockparanormal.co.uk.
*We’ll let you know if they found anything ghouls in next week’s Gazette....
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