Poltergeist at Barnsley Antiques Centre (added Sept 2014)
In 2014, poltergeist activity took place at Barnsley Antiques Centre, with various phenomena being captured on the shop's CCTV. The door of a cabinet opened by itself and the glass spontaneously smashed all over the floor while an electrician working there had left the building (locked up) for 10 minutes. CCTV showed that there was no-one present in the room at the time of the incident. Other CCTV footage has shown apparitions in the building, which has a reputation for being haunted. Various objects fell off shelves and the wall for no obvious reason - on one of these occasions, a customer was about to buy a particular picture when it fell off the shelf right in front of him. Some customers felt being touched on the shoulder. The incidents were investigated by Jane Harris, who seemed inclined to think that the cause was paranormal.
(Source: Daily Mail, 19th Sept 2014, URL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2760767/Spooky-moment-glass-cabinet-opens-shatters-million-pieces-room.html)
Recognition at last for Woman who saw Fairies (added Aug 2014)
Three years after the author's death, a long-neglected manuscript on alleged fairy sightings has finally been published.
FAIRIES at the bottom of your garden? Countless people claim to have seen them and their experiences were recorded by an eccentric Nottingham spinster who lived to 100 and whose book has finally been posthumously published. Marjorie Johnson, honorary secretary of the Fairy Investigation Society, was born in Bakersfield in 1911, lived in the same Carlton house for almost all her life and died three years ago. Although her book, detailing some of the many fairy sighting stories that the society collected, was published in German and Italian during her lifetime, it has only just been published in English.
(Source: Nottingham Post)
Puma Sightings (added Dec 2011)
On Beriam Lane, near Elsecar Reservoir, a woman saw what resembled a small puma with glowing eyes five years ago. On the 15th November 2011, Toby Foster, the presenter on Radio Sheffield, experienced a similar sighting in the same place. The observed wild cat was going grey.
Picturing Evil (added Dec 2010)
Christine Spice and her partner visited the dungeons at The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham and took a photo of “an eerie mass of white, like an evil male figure”. The figure appears behind a second figure which seems to be a small child in period dress. She simultaneously detected a musty, rotting smell and became frightened by the experience. (Source: Paranormal Magazine, issue 55).
Illuminated UFO Over Staveley (added Dec 2010)
Between 9 and 10.30 p.m. on the 16th April 2010, Andy Sambrooks saw a very bright light in the sky to the North-West of Staveley. As he watched, the object changed shape from a square to a pyramid and everything in-between. There were points of light all around the UFO, which continuously changed colour. Eventually, it slowly moved away from the observer.
Triangle Over Rotherham
On Monday 25th October 2010 there was a major sighting of a triangular shaped UFO over Rotherham viewed by several people and reported in the national press. Photographs of the object were taken by Anny Cummings. The object moved slowly over houses and occasionally it would shudder.
Fiction Become Fact
Filming of The Stone: No Soul Unturned is currently underway at a haunted location in Nottinghamshire. Whilst the film is a psychological thriller / horror film, real life paranormal incidents have been occurring on set. The Director, Philip Gardiner, has had his mobile phone ring even though it was turned off – and the phone indicated that it was coming from an actress right in front of him, even though her phone at the time was in her bag. There has been unexplained draining of batteries, more mobile phones playing up, car alarms going off, photographs of bizarre light effects, kettles turning themselves on and dials behaving anomalously on cameras. Some of the cast have detected an evil presence during a séance there.
(Source: Phenomena e-magazine)
Paul Cliff, publican of the New Inn along Midland Road in Rotherham, could not, apparently, believe his eyes when he checked his CCTV footage and saw “a mysterious orb of light” float across the bar. He said “I’ve never seen anything like it. I just can’t explain it. The whole episode is just extraordinary. We’ve been here for 12 years and this is the first time we have experienced anything like this.”
(Source: Paranormal Magazine, issue 49).
UFOs in South Yorkshire
At Mosborough, Sheffield, on February 14th, 2009, Rachael Sanders saw an orange light emitting a red glow moving fast towards the Rother Valley Country Park. In the first two months of 2009 there were several similar sightings of glowing orange and red lights at Bradford, Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster. On January 1st 2009, three lights were seen manoeuvring over Wheatley Hill, Doncaster.
(Source: Paranormal magazine)
UFOs in Derbyshire
Various sightings of orange lights in the sky over Dronfield were reported during the early part of 2009 and, more recently, black objects darting around clouds over Dronfield.
24 March 1997 saw four Tornado jets apparently chasing a huge flying triangle over the Peak District in Derbyshire. It is alleged that this pursuit resulted in the attack and downing of one of the Tornados by the UFO, to the West of Sheffield, and yet to date not one witness has come forwards with the names of the crew from the downed craft.
Update (added June 2015)
These craft had, prior to the above, been spotted over Dronfield. A search was made for the downed aeroplane but none was found.
During 2002, some apparently spactular photographs of UFOs over Bonsall, Derbyshire, were taken and appeared in the national press. Well, now analysis by UFORM (UFO Research Midlands) has confirmed that the footage may have been a hoax. Researchers noticed that the effect publicised was similar to that obtained when videoing a normal light at extreme range with a digital camera set on full zoom. A pink disc-like object appears.
The Pleasley Mills business complex has recently experienced ghostly goings-on. Visitors to the centre have reported paranormal noises and apparitions, including sightings of a white lady. The pet dog belonging to the Rupert Mole furniture and gift specialists, who are based at the centre, has reacted strangely to an unknown presence in a certain part of the mills.