Police get calls for the strangest things

Some weirdo things must be lurking in Sherwood forest.

Police called to nearly 100 reports of aliens, monsters, werewolves, zombies and witches.

NOTTS police have seen nearly 100 reports of sightings of aliens, monsters, werewolves, zombies and witches over the last three years.

The most calls asking for police to attend reports of scary creatures come from St Ann’s and Sneinton, with 24 reports in 2012, according to a Freedom of Information request.

Jessica Gladwin owns Dusk Till Dawn ghost-hunting company, which is based in Chilwell. It organises tours of haunted venues throughout the UK and people who go along regularly report that they have seen some sort of paranormal activity.

Mrs Gladwin said she thinks that people are becoming more and more open-minded about other-worldly beings.

Over the last three years no one has been charged with wasting police time in relation to any of the calls referring to other-worldly beings in Notts.

Inspector Andy Hyslop of Notts Police said: “Some of the figures could be misleading as they are without context. For example, there have been occasions where reports including the word ‘witchcraft’ have been made by a persistent caller who was suffering with mental health issues.

Over the last three years no one has been charged with wasting police time in relation to any of the calls referring to other-worldly beings in Notts.

The police are likely not too happy to be answering these kinds of request (but they are fun to hear about). We covered a story about this from another jurisdiction at the end of 2011.

There was no indication of who asked for the FOI request. Was it Ms. Gladwin? She makes a living off of such stories so would be keen to promote them. She also said, “I have seen an increase in the number of people susceptible to seeing spirits because people seem to be coming more and more open minded. I’m not surprised that the police have seen an increase in reports.” I disagree. The increase in sighting reports may be because it’s becoming more acceptable to report such things and people are primed to interpret strange events in a paranormal context. In no way are more anecdotes good evidence for either “open-mindedness” or increased paranormal activities. Open-mindedness actually means one would NOT jump to the paranormal conclusion but look for the best answer.

Paranormal tourism continues to be a lucrative business venture. You can be your own hauntrepreneur.

  4 comments for “Police get calls for the strangest things

  1. Chris Howard
    June 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    For some reason Mel Brooks “Men in Tights” comes to mind?

  2. JC
    June 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    No specific sightings of the immortal Robin Hood, eh? How odd!

  3. June 20, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    For the last two hundred thousand years, our human ancestors ( and for at least two million years before then, their proto-human forebears) have been seeing things that aren’t there. However it is likely that this has gradually been reducing as the human mind is likely to be still evolving. At some point in the future, fine tuning may be able to dismiss the apparitions for what they are.

  4. spookyparadigm
    June 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Here’s another one of those, that I used to spin off into a longer post on fantasies of paranormal government control. http://spookyparadigm.blogspot.com/2010/10/fantasies-of-control-government-and.html

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