The closed Clayton Hospital in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, was barraged by kids looking to hunt some ghosts.
A mob of 200 youths turned out to go ghost hunting at an abandoned hospital after rumours it was haunted went viral on social media.
Overwhelmed security guards at Clayton Hospital called the police when the ghost hunters turned up on Saturday night and managed to get into the grounds of the 19th century building.
Insp Richard Clare, of the Central and Rural neighbourhood police teams, said: “Whether it is haunted or not, it is a dangerous site and members of the public should not enter it for any reason.”
There is no excuse for this. It’s private property and closed or not, it’s not a free for all. I can’t trace the source of the “viral” rumor nor can I find any reference to the place being haunted at all! Typical. It doesn’t take much for people to want to do some exploring. But, obviously, abandoned buildings can be dangerous. The caretakers are cooperating with authorities to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
Hospitals, especially old ones, are magnets for ghost hunters as they are considered haunted by default. (Wait, why are NEW hospitals not haunted? People die there too.) Paranormal stuff is a lot of urban legend and scare-yourself-silly antics these days.
Tip: Fortean Times