A special Halloween Mail Memories looks back to a ghostly tale so scary the man at the centre of it called the police.
Gordon Insley was looking after the Red Lion pub in Great Bowden for a week in October 2004 when he was disturbed at 2am by the sound of footsteps in the cellar.
Thinking someone had broken in he locked his office door and rang 999.
While he was on the phone to the police both Mr Insley and the police call handler heard a series of strange clicks and beeps and the sound of someone breathing on the line.
Police swooped on the pub and even blocked off both ends of Main Street. But once inside the pub they could find no eveidence of a break-in, leaving Mr Insley perplexed and more than a little spooked.
After telling regulars of his experience they recounted other ghostly tales, including a plaque mysteriously moving from the dining area wall to a window sill and of an ashtray spontaneously breaking into four quarters.
The story was told - on a slow news week I suspect - on the Mail’s front page on October 7, 2004.
The Mail spoke at the time to a spectrologist, Andrew Wright, who said: “This is a common case of the phantom not taking to the change in normal routines of the place.”
From haunted inns and offices, to rumours of Devil worship at the Great Oxendon tunnel, the Harborough area has its fair share of spooky stories.
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