Hello, Police? I need to report paranormal activity

I wonder if the local paranormal investigators are in the Yellow Pages or connected to the emergency services line…

Gloucestershire police’s calls about aliens revealed | Gloucestershire Echo.

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.

  4 comments for “Hello, Police? I need to report paranormal activity

  1. December 28, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    The Freedom of Information Act in the UK is a double edged sword. Being ex pat Northern Irish, living in northern France, i still have subscriptions online & get stories in inbox from searchbots, from UK papers,with stories like this regularly, from Lands End to John o Groats. While sometimes making amusing space fillers on slow news days, i think it’s a waste of time for the Police or probably some terminally bored junior civil servant, like i used to be in cop shops, to chase up info like this. More of a reflection on mental health & use of alcohol & drugs, back in Blighty i think.

  2. Harold Renshaw
    December 28, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    So, Who you gonna call?

  3. December 28, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Mummy! She may have been dead 30 years, but it’s worth a try!

  4. December 28, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Think this is going to be one of the late twixt Crimbo & new near space fillers – just got another tranche of stuff in from my rusty seachbots, & the same story with hardly any reediting being regurgitated in more small local papers from Scotland to Cornwall, & even in The Gulf Times. I think i’ll turn off the slaptop & go play with the dog.

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