An eerie clip that seems to show paranormal activity at an abandoned police station in Accrington has left believers and skeptics alike scratching their heads.
While the world is in lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it seems the ghosts at one haunted location are still up to their old tricks, despite the fact no one is around to witness them. However, one shocking moment was caught on CCTV.
In a short clip posted on Twitter by the paranormal events company Most Haunted Experience - a spin-off of the long-running ghost hunting show - the camera unexpectedly shakes, as if being pushed.
The incident happened on Monday 20th April in Accrington's old police station and courts, an abandoned building which now serves as the base of the ghost hunting events company.
The MHE team have several locked off cameras placed around the empty building during the lockdown and fans of 'Most Haunted' have been keeping watch in the hope of spotting strange goings on.
On Monday night, the company's events manager Jenny Bryant, posted the clip along with the caption "I'm in absolute shock."
In the black and white night vision footage, the camera which has been placed on a tripod, can clearly been seen to begin to shake before spinning to the right, as if something didn't like being watched by the device.
The show's host, Yvette Fielding, wrote "this was recorded at Accrington police station and courts. #mosthauntedexperience have the whole building kitted out with live cameras. This footage is fab. No one in the building and is shot in the cell area below courts. No wind or earth tremors. V exciting footage. I'm trying to work out the noise. Watch till end and let me know your thoughts."
The grade II listed building, also known as the "urban lockup", is situated on the edge of Accrington town centre and was previously jointly used as a magistrates court and police station by the Accrington division of Lancashire Police.
The incident occurred in the building's basement in a corridor which opens into the old cells. Even if a breeze were strong enough to move the camera, this part of the building is far from any windows or doors that might have resulted in a draught.
Of course, we know that due to the lockdown the building was totally empty, and the MHE team have confirmed that no one can get to the location of the camera in question without being caught on one of the team's other cameras.
The sound of the tripod shaking on the floor can be heard in the clip and almost sounds like the result of an earth tremor, but according to the MHE team, there was no seismic activity recorded in the area on Monday night.
The show's resident skeptic, Glen Hunt, commented on the clip, "no seismic activity was recorded in Lancashire at the time of this movement. No one was present in the building at the time. The logical answer is that a rodent(s) of reasonable size was interfering with the tripod the camera is mounted on, or any cable connected to it." He adds, "if it wasn't an animal, human, a tremor or an unusually hard breeze. This is a paranormal event."
It's not the only odd thing to have happen at the abandoned police station since lockdown began. Less than a week earlier a door was seen closing on its own on another of the team's static cameras.
Yvette took to Twitter to call for more scientific study of these incidents. She wrote, "we need to get scientists more involved. Want them on investigation to monitor the extraordinary knocking and tapping phenomena."
Since the police moved out in 2016, the building has been abandoned, and is now used exclusively by Most Haunted Experience for their ghost hunts, and meet and greets with the celebrity ghost hunters.
The paranormal activity experienced at the building is said to range from unexplained knocks and bangs through to loud footsteps disembodied voices, and slamming doors. During one investigation a small group of supernatural sleuths on a public ghost hunting event became the focus of an emergency rescue when the door of the disused prison cell they were investigating mysteriously shut and locked them in.