I wonder if the local paranormal investigators are in the Yellow Pages or connected to the emergency services line…
Gloucestershire police are one of 17 forces to have received 999 calls about UFOs and the supernatural.
According to the Daily Mail, 17 police forces in England and Wales have revealed details of 277 cases in which people had requested urgent assistance following ’paranormal’ or ‘extra-terrestrial’ incidents over the past three years.
Most of the calls related to ghosts with some claiming to have been possessed.
Naturally, people call local police when they think they have seen UFOs. It’s not clear what the police can do in cases like that but it could be illegal activity or at least the police will be aware if more people call with the same report. Police give any information that looks important to the Ministry of Defense.
We’ve covered these types of stories before: This story from last June, from Notts in the U.K. notes that people call about strange creatures lurking around. The prevalence of paranormal stories in pop culture may cause credulous people to believe the tales are true and think they are experiencing the same. Also, the stigma of reporting paranormal events may also be less because of how common paranormal investigators are around town. But, they do get their share of calls about Bigfoot, vampires, demons and werewolves. Police typically seem unrattled by such calls but I don’t see any saying they REALLY caught a live one this time.