A Yorkshire daily newspaper secured a timely front-page splash after an FoI request revealed its patch as a hot-spot for supernatural activity.
As the country marked Hallowe’en, the Halifax Courier revealed that in the last five years, 142 calls were made to local police detailing alleged paranormal events.
They included an attack by vampire sheep, hauntings by ghosts, reports of witches and visitations by zombies.
According to West Yorkshire Police, all have been the subject of 999 calls in the past half-decade.
The horrifying truth came to light after the FoI request by Reporter Ruth Mosalski.
She asked how many 999 calls contained the words zombie, witch, ghost, vampire and UFO over the past five years.
What came back was astonishing – a huge list of more than 140 crazy calls to the emergency services asking for help dealing with visitations and possessions.
The list, plus a look back at weird Yorkshire stories, formed the basis of a series of articles for the Courier over two days, timed just right for Halloween.
The calls included:
• June 2010, Leeds: Caller reporting vampire sheep outside her front door.
• September 2006, Huddersfield: Caller believes ghosts are responsible for turning on the taps while he is out of the house.
• April 2008, Bradford: Caller believes that all people will turn into werewolves.
• December 2008, Sowerby Bridge: Caller believes there are ghosts of little boys playing cricket at the end of his garden.
• March 2011, Halifax: Caller believes she has a Russian witch inside her.
• December 2009, Castleford: Caller reports visit from two police officers he believes are ghosts – due to the fact they can put their heads through his walls.
Courier editor Tim Robinson said: “This was a great example of creative thinking by Ruth – using an FOI request to get some material for an amazing feature.
“We are now making sure the office is 100 per cent impenetrable to vampire sheep attacks.”